Eriochloa fatmensis (Hochst. & Steud.) Clayton

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Synonyms: Eriochloa procera sensu Jackson & Wiehe, Annot. Check List Nyasal. Grass.: 41 (1958) non (Retz.) C.E. Hubbard.
Eriochloa fouchei Stent
Eriochloa nubica (Steud.) Thell.
Helopus nubicus Steud.
Panicum fatmense Hochst. & Steud.
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Status: Native
Annual. Culms 10–120 cm. high, erect or geniculately ascending. Inflorescence of 3–20 racemes, these 1–5 cm. long, bearing paired spikelets on a puberulous (occasionally pilose) triquetrous or narrowly winged rhachis; pedicels commonly setose, those of a pair usually free. Spikelets (2.5)3–5 mm. long, lanceolate, thinly pubescent. Inferior glume absent; superior glume attenuate to an awnlet 0.5–4 mm. long. Inferior floret represented only by a lemma. Superior lemma with a mucro 0.3–1 mm. long.
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Habitat: Damp depressions and stream sides, favouring clayey soils
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Arabia, Tropical and S. Africa, a few records in India
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 41. As Eriochloa nubica and Eriochloa procera

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 104.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 138.

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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: Eriochloa fatmensis., retrieved 17 April 2024

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