Coelachne africana Pilg.

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Synonyms: Coelachne paludosa Peter
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Mat-forming perennial. Culms 5–20 cm. high, ascending from a creeping base and rooting at the nodes. Leaf laminae 0.6–2 cm. long, 1.5–4.5 mm. wide, narrowly lanceolate. Panicle 1.2–6 cm. long, sparse. Spikelets 2–2.5 mm. long, ovate oblong to oblong. Lemmas soft, the inferior glabrous except at the base, the superior a little shorter, thinner and ± pubescent. Stamens 2.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Upland bogs, stream banks and bordering waterfalls
Altitude range: 1300 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Madagascar, Northwards to Uganda and Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 342. (Includes a picture).

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 195 - 196. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 33.

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 101.

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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: Coelachne africana., retrieved 16 July 2024

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