Leptocarydion vulpiastrum (De Not.) Stapf

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Leptocarydion vulpiastrum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Leptocarydion vulpiastrum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Diplachne alopecuroides (Steud.) Jacks.
Leptocarydion alopecuroides (Steud.) Stapf
Leptochloa plumosa Andersson
Rhabdochloa vulpiastrum De Not.
Triodia plumosa (Andersson) Benth.
Triodia vulpiastrum (De Not.) K. Schum.
Common names:
Status: Native
A loosely to compactly caespitose annual; culms up to 100(120) cm tall, slender, erect or geniculately ascending, simple or branched; leaf laminas 2–8(12) cm × 6–15(20) mm, lanceolate-oblong to narrowly ovate, rounded or abruptly constricted and cordate at the base, flat or involute when dry, acute at the apex.Panicle 5–15(20) × 1–2.5 cm, narrowly oblong to lanceolate-oblong, feathery, pallid or tinged with red or purple; racemes up to 4 cm long, erect, very slender.Spikelets 5–9 mm long, oblong, 5–10(14)-flowered; glumes very narrow, the inferior 2–2.5 mm long, finely acute, the superior 3–3.5(4) mm long, acute or obtuse; lemmas 2.5–3 mm long, linear-oblong in profile, pubescent below the middle, the marginal cilia 1–2 mm long, entire or minutely 4-toothed at the apex; awn 2.5–5 mm long, straight.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Usually a weed of disturbed and cultivated ground; also in open and wooded grassland, on lake shores and in dambos and riverine vegetation, growing in sandy soils and red dolerite loams
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Worldwide distribution: Arabia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sudan, Southwards through east Africa to Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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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 353. (Includes a picture).

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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.

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 190.

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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: Leptocarydion vulpiastrum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104580, retrieved 19 May 2024

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