Tristachya superba (De Not.) Schweinf. & Asch.

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Synonyms: Loudetia superba De Not.
Trichopteryx gigantea Stapf
Trichopteryx gigantea var. gracilis Rendle
Trichopteryx gigantea var. phalacrotes Peter
Trichopteryx gigantea var. spiciformis Pilg.
Trichopteryx hockii De Wild.
Trichopteryx homblei De Wild.
Trichopteryx superba (De Not.) Chiov.
Tristachya angusta J.B. Phipps
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Status: Native
Tufted perennial from a woody rootstock. Culms 1.2–2.4 m. high, the base bulbous and clad in pubescent or tomentose leaf-sheaths. Panicle 20–40 cm. long, linear, contracted, occasionally the branches villous, the spikelets in groups of (2)3 on short pedicels. Spikelets 25–35 mm. long, light brown, glabrous (rarely the inferior glume pubescent). Inferior glume 3–5 length of spikelet. Inferior lemma 5(7)-nerved. Superior lemma sparsely pubescent, the lobes acuminate to a setiform apex, with a central awn 4–12 cm. long.
Derivation of specific name: superba: superb, proud
Habitat: Deciduous woodland
Altitude range: 450 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 206 - 207.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 47. As Loudetia superba

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 111.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 147.

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 193.

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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: Tristachya superba., retrieved 23 April 2024

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