Elionurus tripsacoides Willd.

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Synonyms: Elionurus trapnellii C.E. Hubb.
Elionurus welwitschii Rendle
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Status: Native
Loosely caespitose perennial; culms up to 150 cm high. Leaf laminas 20–30 cm × 1–3 mm, narrow, often involute, mainly cauline, filiform to subulate at the apex. Racemes 3–12 cm long, the branched culms bearing 3–20 axillary racemes gathered into a lax spathate false panicle; rhachis internodes glabrous or appressed-pubescent, rarely with spreading hairs up to 2 mm long. Sessile spikelet lanceolate; callus 1–2 mm long, broadly cuneate; inferior glume 4–6 mm long, glabrous on the back or almost so, with a conspicuous brown oil-streak bordering each keel, entire or bidentate at the apex, the teeth up to 2 mm long. Pedicelled spikelet 4–5 mm long, lanceolate, glabrous, entire.
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Habitat: Growing in open places in wooded grassland
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Worldwide distribution: tropical America, tropical Africa from Uganda and Kenya southwards, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 158 - 159.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 38. As Elionurus trapnellii

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 103.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 135.

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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: Elionurus tripsacoides.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109140, retrieved 29 May 2024

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