Perotis leptopus Pilg.

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Status: Native
Annual up to 60 cm tall, slender, erect or geniculately ascending; leaf laminas 1–4 cm × 2–5 mm, lanceolate.Inflorescence 2–10 cm long, well exserted from the uppermost leaf sheath, the spikelets densely packed and appressed to the rhachis.Spikelets 2–2.4 mm long with a stipitiform callus 0.3–0.7 mm long; glumes minutely hispidulous, with a slender, often pallid, erect awn, that of the inferior glume 20–35 mm long, that of the superior 11–17 mm long.Caryopsis terete.
Derivation of specific name: leptopus: thin- or slender-stalked or -footed
Habitat: In small scattered colonies in woodland openings, on sand dunes near lakes, on river banks and along roads, usually in sandy or silty soil, locally frequent
Altitude range: 350 - 1520 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 252 - 253. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 54.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 108.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 142.

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Flora of Botswana: Perotis leptopus
Flora of Caprivi: Perotis leptopus
Flora of Mozambique: Perotis leptopus
Flora of Zambia: Perotis leptopus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Perotis leptopus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Perotis leptopus
African Plant Database: Perotis leptopus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Perotis leptopus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Perotis leptopus
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iNaturalist: Perotis leptopus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Perotis leptopus
JSTOR Plant Science: Perotis leptopus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Perotis leptopus
Plants of the World Online: Perotis leptopus
Tropicos: Perotis leptopus
Wikipedia: Perotis leptopus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Perotis leptopus., retrieved 29 May 2024

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