Leptochloa panicea (Retz.) Ohwi

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Synonyms: Poa panicea Retz
Common names:
Slender annual up to 100 cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; ligule a short membrane; leaf lamina 4–24 cm × 1–8 mm, linear, flat, long-attenuate at the apex; sheaths and both surfaces of the lamina tuberculate-pilose, the hairs spreading.Inflorescence 9–36 cm long, ± cylindrical, brush-like; racemes numerous, slender, 2–14 cm long, ascending, straight.Spikelets laterally compressed, 2–4-flowered, 1.8–2.3(2.5) mm long, narrowly elliptic, overlapping; glumes unequal, the inferior 0.9–1.2(1.6) mm long, lanceolate, acute, the superior 1–1.7 mm long, narrowly oblong, obtuse and mucronate; lemmas 0.9–1.2 mm long, elliptic-oblong, keeled, minutely pilose on the back, bluntly 2-toothed at the apex.Caryopsis 0.4–0.6 mm long, broadly elliptic, obtusely trigonous in section.
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Habitat: A weed of disturbed, usually damp, habitats
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Worldwide distribution: Sudan southwards to Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, West Africa and tropical Asia
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 26 - 28.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 47.

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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Flora of Caprivi: Leptochloa panicea
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Leptochloa panicea
Flora of Malawi: Leptochloa panicea
Flora of Mozambique: Leptochloa panicea
Flora of Zambia: Leptochloa panicea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Leptochloa panicea

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Leptochloa panicea
African Plant Database: Leptochloa panicea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Leptochloa panicea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Leptochloa panicea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Leptochloa panicea
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leptochloa panicea
JSTOR Plant Science: Leptochloa panicea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Leptochloa panicea
Plants of the World Online: Leptochloa panicea
Tropicos: Leptochloa panicea
Wikipedia: Leptochloa panicea

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 panicea.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104510, retrieved 20 July 2024

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