Panicum deustum Thunb.

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Synonyms: Panicum arundinifolium Schweinf.
Panicum corymbiferum Steud.
Panicum leptocaulon Trin.
Panicum menyharthii Hack.
Panicum pubivaginatum K. Schum.
Panicum unguiculatum Trin.
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Description: Tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial; culms slender or robust, 70–250 cm. high. Leaf laminae 15–48 × 0.5–3.5(4) cm., linear to narrowly lanceolate, cordate or amplexicaul at the base, acuminate. Panicle 10–40 cm. long, ovate to oblong, the primary branches stiff and usually ascending, rarely spreading, secondary branches usually very short, antrorsely scaberulous, pilose and clavellate-hairy or glabrous. Spikelets 3.5–5(5.5) mm. long, oblong, glabrous, obtuse. Inferior glume broadly ovate, 1/2–2/3the length of the spikelet, 5–7-nerved; superior glume 7-nerved, as long as the spikelet. Inferior lemma 5-nerved, male, its palea well developed. Superior lemma and palea dull or shining.
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Worldwide distribution: recorded from Sudan and Ethiopa to South Africa, introduced sporadically throughout the tropics, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Insects associated with this species: Gnophodes betsimena diversa (Larval foodplant)
Metisella metis paris (Larval foodplant)
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 14 - 15.

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 107.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

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Flora of Botswana: Panicum deustum
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Flora of Zambia: Panicum deustum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Panicum deustum., retrieved 18 July 2024

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