Stipagrostis hirtigluma (Trin. & Rupr.) De Winter
subsp. patula (Hack.) De Winter

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Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

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Synonyms: Aristida gracilior Pilg.
Aristida hirtigluma Steud. ex Trin. & Rupr. var. patula Hack.
Stipagrostis hirtigluma (Trin. & Rupr.) De Winter var. patula (Hack.) de Winter
Common names: Blue bushman grass (English) Tshikitshane (Setswana)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Tufted annual or perennial grass, up to 80 cm high. Culms erect, simple, sometimes branched in the upper part, scaberulous or almost hairless, 2-5-noded; nodes hairless. Leaves 6-20 cm long by c. 1 mm, scaberulous or hairy above, with a few long hairs near the base, scaberulous beneath. Panicle 30 x 20 cm, lax and much branched. Spikelets pallid or purplish-brown. Glumes nearly equal; the inferior 6-11 mm long, rounded or slightly keeled, with a short mucro; the superior 10-13 mm long, slightly 2-fid or emarginate, with a short awn from the sinus. Lemma c. 3.5-4 mm. long (including the callus), conspicuously tuberculate, especially towards the apex, tapering gradually into a column; central awn 5-7 cm long, plumose; lateral awns up to 2.5 cm long, very delicate, naked.
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Habitat: Usually on calcareous soils, limestone outcrops, on edges of pans, also on basalt stony ridges and along roadsides.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW
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Content last updated: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Literature:

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 136 - 138. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 202 - 203. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 146.

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 192.

Other sources of information about Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula:

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Flora of Caprivi: Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula
Flora of Mozambique: Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula
Flora of Zambia: Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula
Flora of Zimbabwe: Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Stipagrostis hirtigluma
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Ispot Southern Africa: Stipagrostis hirtigluma
JSTOR Plant Science: Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Stipagrostis hirtigluma
The Plant List (version 1.1): Stipagrostis hirtigluma
Tropicos: Stipagrostis hirtigluma


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. patula.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104050, retrieved 25 September 2018

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