Panicum repentellum Napper

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Status: Native
Rhizomatous aquatic perennial, often also with creeping stolons; culms 20–60(90) cm. high, usually soft, slender, erect or decumbent. Leaf laminae 5–12 cm. long and (1)3–5 mm. wide, linear, flat, soft, pilose or glabrous, usually bluntly acute, occasionally acuminate and slightly pungent. Panicle 6–14 cm. long, ovate to narrowly oblong, moderately to sparsely branched, the branches ascending or appressed. Spikelets 2.5–3 mm. long, ovate, pallid, acuminate; inferior glume 1/4 the length of the spikelet, hyaline, 0(3)-nerved, clasping the base of the spikelet, obtuse or bluntly acute; superior glume as long as the spikelet, membranous, 7-nerved, acuminate; inferior lemma similar to the superior glume, male, its palea well developed; superior lemma and palea pallid, glossy.
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Habitat: Marshes and lakes
Altitude range: 200 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: recorded from Ethiopia to South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 29.

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 107.

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: Panicum repentellum
Flora of Zambia: Panicum repentellum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Panicum repentellum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Panicum repentellum
African Plant Database: Panicum repentellum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Panicum repentellum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Panicum repentellum
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Wikipedia: Panicum repentellum

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: Panicum repentellum., retrieved 22 July 2024

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