Craspedorhachis rhodesiana Rendle

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Synonyms: Craspedorhachis rhodesiana var. gracilior C.E. Hubb.
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Densely caespitose perennial with short oblique rhizome; culms up to 120 cm tall, erect; lowermost leaf sheaths persistent, chartaceous; leaf laminas 3–15(20) cm × 1–5 mm, the lowermost flat, the uppermost involute.Inflorescence up to 20 cm long, often partially embraced below by the uppermost leaf sheath, comprising (6)8–25 scattered racemes, these 6–16 cm long, slender, less than their own length apart on a rhachis c. 0.4 mm wide.Spikelets 2–3 mm long; lemma 1.1–1.4 mm long, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, glabrous; palea glabrous.
Derivation of specific name: rhodesiana: of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe, or sometimes Zambia)
Habitat: In wooded grassland on Kalahari Sand, sandveld, miombo and mopane woodlands on granite sand
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 221 - 222. (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 101.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 133.

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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: Craspedorhachis rhodesiana., retrieved 30 May 2024

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