Ehrharta erecta Lam.

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Ehrharta erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Ehrharta erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

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Synonyms: Ehrharta abyssinica Hochst.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common in division E
Status: Native in E Highlands; introduced to division C
A variable, sparsely tufted grass. Despite the name it is often semi-erect, rooting at the lower nodes. The inflorescence branches are often deflexed (image 2).
Derivation of specific name: erecta: erect
Habitat: On roadsides and in often disturbed places; often in the shade of pines where little else grows.
Altitude range: (metres) 1410 - 2270 m
Flowering time:Aug - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Bicyclus safitza safitza (Food plant)
Metisella metis paris (Food plant)
Bicyclus safitza safitza f. evenus (Food plant)
Borbo borbonica borbonica (Food plant)
Neita extensa (Larval foodplant)
Borbo fatuellus fatuellus (Larval foodplant)
Aeropetes tulbaghia (Larval foodplant)
Gnophodes betsimena diversa (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 19 October 2005

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 342. as Ehrharta erecta abyssinica (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 39 - 41. (Includes a picture).


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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: Ehrharta erecta., retrieved 28 October 2016

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