Enneapogon scoparius Stapf

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Synonyms: Enneapogon filifolius (Pilg.) Stapf ex Garabedian
Pappophorum filifolium Pilg.
Pappophorum scoparium (Stapf) Chiov.
Pappophorum setifolium Hochst.
Common names: Bottlebrush grass (English)
Status: Native
A perennial, with a short horizontal rhizome, usually inconspicuously pubescent all over, often appearing glabrous. Culm 20-80 cm. tall, few-6-noded, very slender, wiry, arising from a bulbous base, usually branched a few cm. above the base, usually erect, rarely geniculately ascending. Leaf-sheaths rather tight, finely striate, the lowermost long-persistent. Leaf-laminae 5-20(25) x 0·1-0·3 cm., almost always convolute, filiform, very rarely expanded, tapering to a fine point, somewhat rigid, obliquely ascending to erect, usually smooth. Panicle 1.5-12 cm. long, dense, spike-like, compact, rarely interrupted, light to dark grey. Spikelets 3.5-4.5 mm. long, 3-flowered, crowded. Glumes slightly unequal, scattered-pilose, subacute; the inferior 2.5-5 mm. long, 3-7-nerved, ovate; the superior 3.4-7 mm. long, 3-6-nerved, oblong. Fertile lemma (the inferior) c. 2 mm. long (excluding the awns), dorsally villous; awns 2-3.5 mm. long, plumose beyond the middle. Anthers (0.8)1.2-2.2 mm. long.
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Habitat: Mostly in Colophospermum mopane woodland, but also in scrub and open grassland, growing in arid conditions, amongst limestone pebbles, on basaltic soil, also on sandy hill-slopes and along roads
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Worldwide distribution: south-western Africa, southern Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: GI
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Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Page 148.

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.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 136.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Enneapogon scoparius.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104440, retrieved 15 June 2024

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