Thelepogon elegans Roem. & Schult.

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Status: Native
Coarse annual; culms up to 150 cm high, erect, supported by stilt-roots; leaf laminas 4–20 cm × 5–30 mm, lanceolate, cordate at the base and often amplexicaul, glabrous or hispidulous, the margins finely pectinate-ciliate. Inflorescence composed of 2–17 racemes, the lowermost whorled, the uppermost borne on a short common axis 1–5 cm long; racemes 5–15 cm long, very fragile. Sessile spikelet 5–13 mm long; inferior glume narrowly ovate; superior lemma with an awn 1.5–2.5 cm long. Pedicel a little longer than the sessile spikelet, glabrous.
Derivation of specific name: elegans: elegant
Habitat: In grassland, on woodland margins and on lake shores in black clay soils
Altitude range: 550 - 2300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, extending through India to Indonesia
Malawi distribution: N,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 365. (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 62.

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 93.

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.

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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: Thelepogon elegans., retrieved 18 April 2024

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