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Tragus berteronianus Schult.


Tragus berteronianus

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Family: Poaceae
Full name: Tragus berteronianus Schult.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Wortelsaadgras, Kousklits
English common name(s): Carrot-seed grass, Small carrot-seed grass
Synonym(s): Lappago phleoides Fig. & De Not. fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Status: Native
Description: Erect or ascending annual grass, up to 45 cm. Leaves short, broad and wavy with spaced hairs along the margin. Inflorescence a long, dense spike. Spikelets covered in barbed hairs, which easily stick to clothing and fur. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)

Annual up to 20 cm high. Inflorescence 2–7.5 cm long; racemelets comprising 2 spikelets separated by a short but distinct internode, the upper shorter than the lower, the rhachis not prolonged. Spikelets 2–3 mm long, acute; upper glume 5-nerved, the prickles hooked and with turgid or swollen base. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Somalia)

Loosely tufted annual; culms 5–60 cm high, erect or ascending. Leaf-blades 1–6 cm long, 2–5 mm wide. Inflorescence 2–15 cm long, compactly cylindrical, congested; clusters plump, the tips incurved, comprising 2 spikelets of which the upper is smaller and borne upon a distinct internode 0.3–0.7 mm long. Spikelets (lower) 2–3 mm long; upper glume 5-nerved, the prickles turgid to bulbous in their lower half and hooked at the tip. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Tropical East Africa)

Annual up to 45 cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; leaf laminas 1.5–5.5 cm x 2–5 mm, flat or undulate, glaucous, the margins thickened, whitish, pectinate with bulbous-based hairs or barbellate.Inflorescence 3.5–15 cm long, compactly cylindrical and congested; racemelets comprising 2 fertile spikelets borne on a short peduncle and separated by a distinct internode 0.3–0.7 mm long.Spikelets 1.8–3 mm long; superior glume prominently 5-nerved, the nerves bearing hooked, bulbous-based prickles, glabrous between the nerves; anthers 0.4–0.6 mm long. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 05 Apr 2009
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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