Sacciolepis typhura (Stapf) Stapf

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Sacciolepis typhura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main rd near Headlands

Sacciolepis typhura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main rd near Headlands

Sacciolepis typhura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Panicum cinereo-vestitum Pilger
Panicum typhurum Stapf
Sacciolepis cinereo-vestita (Pilger) C.E. Hubbard
Sacciolepis glaucescens Stapf
Sacciolepis kimpasaensis Vanderyst
Sacciolepis scirpoides Stapf
Sacciolepis trollii Pilger
Sacciolepis velutina Napper
Sacciolepis wittei Robyns
Sacciolepis wombaliensis Vanderyst
Common names: Purple hood grass (English) Purple swamp grass (English)
Status: Native
Perennial grass, growing from a shortly creeping rhizome, up to 1.5 m, usually spongy at the base with cross-nerves in the papery sheaths. Leaf laminae 2–10 mm. wide, flat or folded, strongly ribbed, papillose or not. Dense, cylindric panicle up to 30 cm, typically deep purple in colour. Spikelets 1.7–2.5 mm. long, ovate, mostly glabrous.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A handsome species, colonizing marshy areas, seepage zones and vlei margins.
Altitude range: 500 - 2500 m
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Southern Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s):
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 361. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 45.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 57. Also as Sacciolepis scirpioides

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 109.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 144.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 191.

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Wikipedia: Sacciolepis typhura

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: Sacciolepis typhura., retrieved 16 July 2024

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