Arthraxon lancifolius (Trin.) Hochst.

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Synonyms: Andropogon lancifolius Trin.
Pleuroplitis lancifolius (Trin.) Regel
Common names:
Status: Native
Similar to A. micans but differing by the following characters: culms 10–30 cm high; leaf laminas 1–3 cm × 3–7 mm; racemes 1–3, 0.5–2 cm long, not terete, greenish-yellow; internodes with hairs seldom over 0.5 mm long; pedicel present or absent; sessile spikelet 3–5 mm long; inferior glume flat on the back, linear, scaberulous; superior glume ± flat on the back, produced at the apex into a fine awn 0.5–1.5 mm long; awn of superior lemma 7–10 mm long; anthers 0.4–0.6 mm long; pedicelled spikelet lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm long or totally suppressed.
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Habitat: Frequent in clearings in xerophytic forest
Altitude range: 560 - 1130 m
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Worldwide distribution: From Mali to Ethiopia southwards to Mozambique and eastwards through Arabia to China and Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N
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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 341.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 90 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 30.

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 100.

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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: Arthraxon lancifolius., retrieved 22 July 2024

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