Dichanthium annulatum (Forssk.) Stapf
var. annulatum

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Synonyms: Andropogon annulatus Forssk.
Andropogon obtusus Nees
Andropogon scandens Roxb.
Lepeocercis annulata (Forssk.) Nees
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Status: Native
Tufted, decumbent or erect, perennial with short rhizomes. Culms robust, up to 2 m high; nodes exposed and densely bearded. Inflorescence of 2-many, subdigitate, shortly pedunculate racemes; culm below the inflorescence glabrous. Racemes with the lowest 1-6 spikelet pairs homogamous, male or neuter. Sessile spikelets: lower glume of the sessile spikelet is pubescent to pilose below the middle, with bulbous-based hairs confined to the margins above (var. annulatum); lower floret barren; upper floret stipitiform, awn c. 25 mm long. Pedicelled spikelets similar or slightly smaller than the sessile spikelet, male or neuter.

Two varieties occur in our area. See var. papillosum for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: annulatum: having a ring
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa and eastwards through Arabia and India to SE Asia; introduced in tropical America and Australia.
Botswana distribution:
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 38 - 40. (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 102.

Setshogo, M.P. (2000). Notes on the grass subtribe Sorghinae (Poaceae: Andropogoneae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 17(2) Pages 142 - 143. as Dichanthium annulatum

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 134.

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Flora of Malawi: Dichanthium annulatum var. annulatum
Flora of Mozambique: Dichanthium annulatum var. annulatum
Flora of Zambia: Dichanthium annulatum var. annulatum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dichanthium annulatum var. annulatum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichanthium annulatum
African Plant Database: Dichanthium annulatum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dichanthium annulatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dichanthium annulatum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dichanthium annulatum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Dichanthium annulatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichanthium annulatum
Plants of the World Online: Dichanthium annulatum
Tropicos: Dichanthium annulatum
Wikipedia: Dichanthium annulatum

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: Dichanthium annulatum var. annulatum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=164550, retrieved 29 May 2024

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