Sporobolus spicatus (Vahl) Kunth

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Description

Stoloniferous perennial. Leaf-blades have in-rolled margins and a very hard, needle-like point, more rarely softer and flat. Spikes very dense cylindrical and narrow, pale (Napper, 1965).

Distribution

Throughout tropical Africa, especially Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Altitude range

300-2 000 m in Tanzania.

Soil requirements

Occurs in alkaline sandy soils, often on saline lake shores.

Palatability

High.

Natural habitat

Alkaline sandy soils, often on lake shores, rarely on open grassland.

Economics

Dominates the grass cover of the salt pans of the Siloana Plains of Western Province, Zambia (Verboom & Brunt, 1970).