Sehima ischaemoides Forssk.

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Synonyms: Andropogon sehima Steud.
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Status: Native
Annual up to 60 cm high. Raceme 3–15 cm long, gently curved. Sessile spikelet 9–15 mm long, laterally compressed; inferior glume linear, firmly coriaceous with a deeply bifid membranous apex ± as long as the body, 2-keeled above, the keels curving inwards towards the midline below, forming a deep slot between them and obscuring the intercarinal nerves; superior lemma with an awn 4–7 cm long, the column ciliate along the edges of the coils. Pedicelled spikelet 7–15 mm long, ciliate, the inferior glume with a midnerve and 2–3 conspicuous lateral nerves adjacent to each keel.
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Habitat: Growing in mopane woodland and shrubland on shallow soils, and in disturbed ground at roadsides
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa eastwards through Arabia to Pakistan, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 58.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 58.

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 109.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 144.

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Flora of Malawi: Sehima ischaemoides
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Flora of Zambia: Sehima ischaemoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sehima ischaemoides

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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: Sehima ischaemoides., retrieved 18 July 2024

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