Leptochloa chinensis (L.) Nees

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Leptochloa chinensis

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Leptochloa chinensis

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Synonyms: Poa chinensis L.
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Caespitose perennial up to 100 cm tall, stout to moderately slender, erect or geniculately ascending; ligule a short membrane; leaf lamina 14–26 cm × 2–3 mm, linear, flat or folded, long-attenuate at the apex.Inflorescence 30–48 cm long, narrowly cylindrical; racemes numerous, very slender, 2–13 cm long, flexuous, erect or loosely ascending.Spikelets 4–5-flowered, 2.5–3 mm long, narrowly elliptic-oblong, not overlapping or only slightly so; glumes unequal, the inferior 0.7–1 mm long, ovate, acute to obtuse, the superior 1–1.5 mm long, broadly elliptic to oblong, obtuse or rounded; lemmas 1.2–1.4(1.6) mm long, elliptic-oblong, keeled, densely but minutely pilose along the nerves, entire or minutely 2-toothed at the apex.Caryopsis 0.6–0.9 mm long, elliptic-oblong, plano-convex in section
Derivation of specific name: chinensis: of China
Habitat: In or near water in seasonal pans, usually in clay soils
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India eastwards to Indonesia, China and Japan
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 28.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 140.

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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 Botswana: Species information: Leptochloa chinensis.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104490, retrieved 18 July 2024

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