Loudetia arundinacea (A. Rich.) Steud.

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Synonyms: Loudetia arundinacea var. hensii (De Wild.) Pic.-Serm.
Loudetia arundinacea var. trichantha (Peter) Hutch.
Trichopteryx arundinacea (A. Rich.) Engl.
Trichopteryx arundinacea var. trichantha Peter
Trichopteryx arundinacea A. Rich.
Trichopteryx convoluta De Wild.
Trichopteryx dobbelaerei De Wild.
Trichopteryx elegans var. hensii De Wild.
Trichopteryx verticillata De Wild.
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Tufted perennial, the basal leaf sheaths ± silky pubescent. Culms 60–300 cm. high, the nodes bearded or not. Panicle 18–70 cm. long, narrowly oblong to ovate, the branches spreading and conspicuously whorled. Spikelets 6–13 mm. long, glabrous or tuberculate setose. Inferior glume obtuse; superior glume and inferior lemma obtuse to subacute. Superior lemma bidentate with teeth 0.7–1 mm. long; awn 2–4 cm. long; stamens 2; callus 0.5–1 mm. long, truncate or slightly emarginate.
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Habitat: Brachystegia woodland, sometimes on the margins of drainage tract
Altitude range: 700 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola and northwards to Senegal and Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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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.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 218.

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 106.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Loudetia arundinacea
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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: Loudetia arundinacea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108120, retrieved 22 July 2024

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