Oplismenus burmannii (Retz.) P. Beauv.

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Oplismenus burmannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Oplismenus burmannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Oplismenus burmannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

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Synonyms: Panicum burmannii Retz.
Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate or trailing annual. Culms up to 60 cm long. Leaves lanceolate to narrowly ovate. Inflorescences up to 2.5 cm long. Spikelets 2.5–3.5 mm long, usually pubescent, contiguous; awns rough with fine bristles, the inferior 2.5–20 mm long.
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Habitat: In shade in woodland and disturbed places.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and throughout the tropics.
Botswana distribution: N
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 6.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 439. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 49.

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 107.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

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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Flora of Caprivi: Oplismenus burmannii
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Oplismenus burmannii
Flora of Malawi: Oplismenus burmannii
Flora of Mozambique: Oplismenus burmannii
Flora of Zambia: Oplismenus burmannii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Oplismenus burmannii

External websites:

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

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: Oplismenus burmannii.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=106060, retrieved 25 July 2024

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