Bothriochloa radicans (Lehm.) A. Camus

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Synonyms: Amphilophis radicans (Lehm.) Stapf
Andropogon ischaemum var. radicans (Lehm.) Hack.
Andropogon radicans Lehm.
Dichanthium radicans (Lehm.) Clayton
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Status: Native
Caespitose, often stoloniferous, perennial, shrubby or decumbent and rooting at the nodes; culms up to 70 cm high, branching from the inferior nodes to form cushions; culm nodes mostly exposed and barbate, the uppermost glabrous; leaf sheaths glabrous except at the mouth, those of the basal leaves loose and open, the remainder clasping the culms; ligule membranous; leaf laminas 6–20 cm × 2–6 mm, linear-lanceolate, gradually tapering to a fine point. Inflorescence of 5–16 subdigitate racemes; main axis slender, shorter than the lowest racemes; racemes up to 70 mm long, 10–20-jointed, shortly pedunculate; rhachis internodes densely long-pilose. Sessile spikelet 2.5–4 mm long, lanceolate; inferior glume firmly membranous, slightly concave on the back and pilose in the lower half; superior glume minutely hispid along the keel, acute at the apex; inferior floret empty, the lemma c. 3 mm long, oblong-linear, ciliolate at the apex; superior floret bisexual, epaleate, the lemma c. 1.5 mm long, stipitiform, glabrous, awned; awn c. 25 mm long, geniculate; anthers c. 1.5 mm long. Pedicelled spikelet neuter; inferior glume c. 3.5 mm long, oblong, with sparse long white hairs along the lateral keels and ciliolate towards the apex; superior glume c. 3 mm long, lanceolate, delicate, ciliate on the margins; inferior lemma c. 2 mm long, oblong, obtuse at the apex.
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Habitat: Growing in open bushland
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa, introduced into tropical America
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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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 187.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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: Bothriochloa radicans., retrieved 15 June 2024

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