Sporobolus consimilis Fresen.

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Sporobolus consimilis

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Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Sporobolus consimilis

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Sporobolus consimilis

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Sporobolus consimilis

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Sporobolus consimilis

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Sporobolus consimilis

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Sporobolus nogalensis Chiov.
Sporobolus robustus auct. plur. non Kunth
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Robust tussock-forming perennial with short rhizomes and sometimes with looping stolons; culms up to 210 cm tall, 3.5–8 mm in diameter at the base, stout, erect, branched below or unbranched; basal leaf sheaths chartaceous, glabrous to densely long-pilose near the margins, terete, persistent; leaf laminas up to 60 cm × 8 mm, flat or folded, glabrous, the midrib forming a broad white line above, harshly scabrid on the margins, tapering to a long filiform apex.Panicle 25–35 cm long, linear-lanceolate; primary branches not in whorls, 3–10 cm long, appressed or diverging, spiciform, smooth or scaberulous, eglandular, the spikelets densely packed along their whole length.Spikelets 1.8–2.6 mm long, pale green; inferior glume 4/5 as long to as long as the spikelet, lanceolate, 1-nerved, scabrid on the nerve, acute at the apex; superior glume equalling or a little shorter than the inferior, narrowly ovate, 1-nerved, scabrid on the nerve, acute at the apex; lemma similar to the superior glume; anthers 3, 0.9–1.4 mm long.Grain 0.7–1 mm long, narrowly elliptic, square or oblong in section.
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Habitat: In hot river valleys at low altitudes, on river banks and in swampy floodplains, sometimes in pure stands or in mopane woodland, often in saline soils
Altitude range: 50 - 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Somalia and southwards to South Africa, tropical Arabia (Yemen, Oman), Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,GI,M
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Content last updated: Monday 5 January 2015
Literature:

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 183 - 184.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Pages 61 - 62. As Sporobolus robustus

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 110.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 145.

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Flora of Botswana: Sporobolus consimilis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sporobolus consimilis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sporobolus consimilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sporobolus consimilis
Plants of the World Online: Sporobolus consimilis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Sporobolus consimilis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105440, retrieved 22 October 2021

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