Willkommia sarmentosa Hack.

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Synonyms: Craspedorhachis sarmentosa (Hack.) Pilg.
Willbleibia sarmentosa (Hack.) Herter
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Stoloniferous perennial; culms up to 60 cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; lower leaf sheaths often without lamina, tightly packed; leaf laminas 3–5(7.5) cm × 2–6 mm, flat or rarely involute, linear-lanceolate from an auriculate base, glaucous, somewhat rigid, cartilaginous on the margins.Inflorescence 8–25 cm long, erect or nodding, comprising 3–9 racemes 2–8 cm long.Spikelets 4–5 mm long; inferior glume 2.8–3.3 mm long; superior glume as long as the spikelet; lemma 3.4–4.7 mm long, with an awn 0.9–1.5 mm long.
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Habitat: Often in bare moist sand on pan margins sometimes saline, on sandy dambo margins and in open Kalahari Sand grassland with scattered mopane
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 219 - 220. (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 111.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 148.

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 193.

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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: Willkommia sarmentosa.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105770, retrieved 15 June 2024

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