Leptaspis zeylanica Nees ex Steud.

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Leptaspis zeylanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

Leptaspis zeylanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

Leptaspis zeylanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Leptaspis cochleata Thwaites
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Stout perennial grass, growing from a shallow rhizome, forming dense patches in the understorey of evergreen forest. Leaves up to 30 × 6 cm, oblong-lanceolate, somewhat glossy green above; midrib prominent and whitish beneath. Inflorescence a loose panicle. Spikelets white to purple, covered in hooked hairs, attaching and spreading themselves like burrs.
Derivation of specific name: zeylanica: from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, Madagascar extending to Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Solomon Is.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 28 December 2006


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African Plant Database: Leptaspis zeylanica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Leptaspis zeylanica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Leptaspis zeylanica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Leptaspis zeylanica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Leptaspis zeylanica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Leptaspis zeylanica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leptaspis zeylanica
Ispot Southern Africa : Leptaspis zeylanica
JSTOR Plant Science: Leptaspis zeylanica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Leptaspis zeylanica
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Leptaspis zeylanica
Tropicos: Leptaspis zeylanica
West African Plants database: Leptaspis zeylanica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Leptaspis zeylanica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103420, retrieved 31 May 2016

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