Dichanthium aristatum (Poir.) C.E. Hubb.

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Dichanthium aristatum

Photo: Mark Hyde
University of Zimbabwe grounds

Dichanthium aristatum

Photo: Mark Hyde
University of Zimbabwe grounds

Dichanthium aristatum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Goodrington Drive, near junction with Glencairn Drive, Sunnridge

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Synonyms: Andropogon aristatus Poir.
Andropogon mollicomus Kunth
Dichanthium caricosum (L.) A. Camus var. mollicomus (Kunth) Haines
Diplasanthum lanosum Desv.
Common names:
Status: Introduced
Tufted perennial with short stolons. Culms up to 1.1 m, robust; nodes exposed and glabrous. Inflorescence of 1-5, subdigitate, shortly pedunculate racemes; peduncles and culm below the inflorescence pubescent. Sessile spikelets: lower glume narrowly winged on the lateral keels, without tubercle-based cilia; lower floret barren; upper floret stipitiform, awn c. 22 mm long. Pedicelled spikelets similar in size and shape to the sessile spikelet, male or neuter.
Derivation of specific name: aristatum: bearing a long bristle-like point; aristate
Habitat: In disturbed ground, roadside verges and grassy areas, often in damp places.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to India; introduced to Africa, Australia and America resulting from its usage as a fodder grass.
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Tuesday 5 July 2016

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 40 - 41.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dichanthium aristatum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichanthium aristatum
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Tropicos: Dichanthium aristatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dichanthium aristatum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108360, retrieved 21 July 2019

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