Andropogon brazzae Franch.

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Robust, caespitose, rhizomatous perennial; culms up to 230 cm high, erect, branched, with stout internodes, glaucous. Leaves glabrous, scabrid on the margins; basal sheaths distichous and keeled; ligule a very short (c. 1 mm) minutely fringed membrane; laminas 20–100 cm × 2–6 mm, keeled, often folded, ± revolute, tapering to a very fine point at the apex. Racemes up to 15 in subdigitate groups, 6–12 cm long, unequal, slender, flexuous, virtually glabrous, exserted from the spatheoles, dark red; peduncles longer than the racemes; internodes and pedicels filiform, scabrid, almost glabrous, the internodes slightly shorter than the sessile spikelets. Spikelets similar. Sessile spikelet 4.3–6.3 mm long; inferior glume with a shallow median groove, glabrous; superior glume ± flat on the back; superior lemma entire or bifid in the upper 1/5–1/2, awnless or with a geniculate awn 3.5–8 mm long; anthers 2–3 mm long, straw-coloured. Pedicelled spikelet male, 4.5–7.5 mm long, awnless to shortly mucronate.
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Habitat: Growing in flood plains, along river banks and in sandy loams
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Dem.Rep.Congo, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 67.

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 8.

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 99.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 129.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Andropogon brazzae., retrieved 7 December 2022

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