Eragrostis acraea De Winter

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Eragrostis acraea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Eragrostis acraea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Broad-leaved love grass (English) Zingae (Shona)
Frequency: Locally very common
Status: Native
A densely tufted grass. Culms stout, up to 2m. Leaves linear, stiff and sharp-tipped, up to 60 cm long. Inflorescence a long dense panicle; branches normally not whorled. Spikelets lanceolate-oblong, laterally compressed.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In submontane grassland, often abundant as a pioneer in disturbed granite sands.
Altitude range: (metres) 1020 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, adjacent areas in Mozambique and Mpumalanga South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 8 April 2008

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 110 - 111. (Includes a picture).

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 130 - 131. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eragrostis acraea., retrieved 25 September 2017

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