Isachne mauritiana Kunth

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Isachne mauritiana

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Isachne mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Isachne aethiopica Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
Common names:
Rambling perennial grass, 30-60 cm, ascending from a prostrate base, rooting at the nodes. Leaf laminae 5–20 cm. long, 3–17 mm. wide, linear-lanceolate. Inflorescence a diffuse panicle. Panicle 10–20 cm. long, diffuse. Spikelets 1.2–1.8 mm. long, obovoid, the florets bisexual and contiguous. Glumes as long as spikelet, glabrous or with a few hairs towards the apex. Lemmas broadly elliptic to subrotund, the inferior a little larger than the superior, crustaceous, glabrous, obtuse.
Derivation of specific name: mauritiana: from Mauritius
Habitat: In shaded forest.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Ghana and Kenya, south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, also Mauritius and Madagascar
Malawi distribution: N,C,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 353. (Includes a picture).

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 193.

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 105.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 149.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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Flora of Mozambique: Isachne mauritiana
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Isachne mauritiana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Isachne mauritiana
African Plant Database: Isachne mauritiana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Isachne mauritiana
Plants of the World Online: Isachne mauritiana
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Wikipedia: Isachne mauritiana

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: Isachne mauritiana., retrieved 18 April 2024

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