Chloris pycnothrix Trin.

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Chloris pycnothrix

Photo: Petra Ballings
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Chloris pycnothrix

Photo: Petra Ballings
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Chloris pycnothrix

Photo: Petra Ballings
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Chloris pycnothrix

Photo: Petra Ballings
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

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Synonyms: Chloris intermedia A. Rich.
Chloris leptostachya Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Common names: Spiderweb chloris (English)
Status: Native
Annual grass up to 45 cm tall, erect or ascending, often rooting from the nodes. Leaves 3–11 cm long, with a blunt apex. Inflorescence of 3–12 (sub)digitate racemes 1.5–7 cm long. Spikelets 2-flowered, 1–2-awned; inferior glume 1.3–1.4 mm long; superior glume 2–2.4 mm long. Fertile lemma narrowly elliptic in profile, 2.4–2.8 mm long, pallid, scabrid. Awn 11–27 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In coastal and floodplain to montane grassland, in miombo and riverine woodland, often as a weed in disturbed ground.
Altitude range: 40 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Arabia and tropical America.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Friday 2 August 2019

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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Flora of Botswana: Chloris pycnothrix
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Chloris pycnothrix., retrieved 21 March 2023

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