Andropogon fastigiatus Sw.

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Synonyms: Diectomis fastigiata (Sw.) Kunth
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Status: Native
Annual; culms up to 150 cm high, erect or sometimes geniculate at the base, much branched above, tinged with pink to dark red. Leaf sheaths glabrous; ligule 4–7 mm long, acute; laminas 8.5–34 cm × 1.5–4 mm, loosely and shortly pilose, tapering to a fine point at the apex. Racemes solitary, 3–5 cm long, shortly exserted from the spatheoles; peduncles longer than the racemes; internodes and pedicels clavate, ciliate on both margins with hairs c. 2 mm long. Sessile spikelet 3.5–4.5 mm long, strongly compressed between internode and pedicel; inferior glume with a deep median groove, glabrous; superior glume convex on the back, 2-toothed at the apex and with an awn 5.5–18 mm long; superior lemma bifid in the upper 1/4; awn geniculate, 24–48 mm long; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, straw-coloured. Pedicelled spikelet sterile, 6.5–10 mm long; inferior glume broadly lanceolate, papery, glabrous, faintly to deeply flushed reddish-purple and with an awn 5.5–7(15) mm long; superior glume much smaller.
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Habitat: Rocky outcrops, woodland and seasonally damp grassland
Altitude range: 550 - 2085 m
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 74.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 35. As Diectomis fastigiata

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 99.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 130.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Andropogon fastigiatus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Andropogon fastigiatus
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Andropogon fastigiatus., retrieved 29 March 2023

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