Olyra latifolia L.

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Olyra latifolia

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Stream crossing at boundary with Coutada 10, Coutada 12

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Synonyms: Olyra brevifolia Schumach.
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Status: Native
Robust perennial. Culms 1-5m tall, erect straggling or arching. Leaves up to 20 × 7 cm, glabrous, ovate-oblong with a long drip-tip, contracted at the base into a short hairy pseudo-petiole. Inflorescence a panicle, 7-18 cm long; spikelets whitish, with superior glume twice as long as inferior glume.
Derivation of specific name: latifolia: broad-leaved
Habitat: In shade in evergreen and riverine forest, along streams and roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa as far as NE Cape, South Africa. Also in Madagascar and tropical America.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI
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Content last updated: Saturday 30 April 2016

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

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 24 - 25. (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 107.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 150.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Olyra latifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103410, retrieved 5 December 2020

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