Pogonarthria fleckii (Hack.) Hack.

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Synonyms: Diplachne fleckii Pilg.
Pogonarthria tuberculata Pilg.
Common names: Lepheto (Setswana) Seloka (Setswana) Small herringbone grass (English)
Loosely caespitose annual; culms up to 40(70) cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending, often branched from the lower nodes; leaf laminas (1.5)2–12(15) cm × 1–4 mm, flat or involute, tapering to a fine point.Inflorescence (3.5)10–20(25) cm long; racemes 0.8–2 cm long, usually spreading, sometimes ascending, rarely reclining.Spikelets up to 8 mm long, 3–6-flowered (rarely more), oblong to elliptic; rhachilla internodes terete, hairy towards the apex, rarely only scabrid; glumes lanceolate, the inferior (1.2)1.6–2.3(2.6) mm long, the superior (2.4)2.6–3.6 mm long; lemmas 3.2–5.6 mm long, elliptic-oblong to ovate-oblong, drawn out at the apex into a slightly recurved awn.
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Habitat: In hot dry country usually on Kalahari Sands, and in calcareous pans and on rocky outcrops. In short grassland and in miombo and mopane woodlands
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N,SW
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 152.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 442. (Includes a picture).

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 108.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 168 - 169. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 143.

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 191.

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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: Pogonarthria fleckii.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105310, retrieved 15 June 2024

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