Lintonia nutans Stapf

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Synonyms: Joannegria melicoides (Chiov.) Chiov.
Lintonia nutans var. melicoides (Chiov.) Chiov.
Negria melicoides Chiov.
Common names:
Shortly stoloniferous perennial tussock grass up to 100 cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; lower leaf sheaths compressed and keeled; leaf laminas (4)7–20(30) cm × 2–6 mm.Racemes (1)2–4, digitate or subdigitate, 3–10 cm long.Spikelets 4–10-flowered, 5–10 mm long, cuneate, pale green or straw-coloured, usually tinged with purple; glumes 1-nerved, lightly keeled, the inferior 2.9–3.3 mm long, narrowly lanceolate and acuminate, the superior 3.5–3.8 mm long, oblong and obtuse; lemmas 4.3–7 mm long (excluding the awn), broadly elliptic to obovate; awn 2.5–8(11) mm long, straight or outwardly curved or flexuous from a stout base; palea ciliate on the keels, puberulous on the back; anthers 1–2.5 mm long
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Habitat: On heavy black clay soils and black basaltic soil, often in Acacia or mopane woodlands and grassland, occasionally along roadsides
Altitude range: 50 - 1000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: M
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 205 - 207. (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 106.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 140.

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Flora of Botswana: Lintonia nutans
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lintonia nutans
African Plant Database: Lintonia nutans
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lintonia nutans
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lintonia nutans
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lintonia nutans
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Lintonia nutans
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lintonia nutans
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Wikipedia: Lintonia nutans

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: Lintonia nutans., retrieved 28 July 2021

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