Coleochloa setifera (Ridl.) Gilly

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Coleochloa setifera

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Mt Gorongosa.

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Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Densely tufted perennial. Culms 10-70 cm × 1-3 mm, sparsely to densely villous. Leaves: lamina usually convolute-cylindric; upper surface glabrous, lower villous. Inflorescence a lax, slender, erect or curved panicle, composed of 1-3 fascicles of spikes; peduncles slender. Spikelets 2-3 mm. Glumes 2-3 mm, pale to dark reddish-brown, glabrous or sometimes hairy on or near the midrib. Nutlet (utricle-like) 3-4 mm, including a 1.5-2 mm beak; basal hairs 2/3 to nearly as long as nutlet.
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Habitat: A characteristic species of shallow soil over rocks and rock crevices, very often on granite whalebacks
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern and Southern Africa, Madagascar.
Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS (other?)
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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 298. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. Pages 375-366, illustrations included (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 87.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 76.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

Other sources of information about Coleochloa setifera:

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Flora of Malawi: Coleochloa setifera
Flora of Zambia: Coleochloa setifera
Flora of Zimbabwe: Coleochloa setifera

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coleochloa setifera
African Plant Database: Coleochloa setifera
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Coleochloa setifera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Coleochloa setifera
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Coleochloa setifera
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iNaturalist: Coleochloa setifera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Coleochloa setifera
JSTOR Plant Science: Coleochloa setifera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coleochloa setifera
Plants of the World Online: Coleochloa setifera
Tropicos: Coleochloa setifera
Wikipedia: Coleochloa setifera

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: Coleochloa setifera., retrieved 29 November 2023

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