Eragrostis hispida K. Schum.

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Eragrostis hispida

Photo: Bart Wursten

Eragrostis hispida

Photo: Bart Wursten

Eragrostis hispida

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Eragrostis blepharolepis Hack.
Common names: Feathery love-grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect perennial grass, without rhizomes or stolons, up to 70 cm. Inflorescence an open panicle, spikelets covered in silvery hairs or bristles.
Derivation of specific name: hispida: rough with stiff hairs (hispid)
Habitat: A typical constituent of seepages on shallow soil overlying granite rock. Also in waterlogged soil at vleis and riverbanks.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2200 m
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 345.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 63. (Includes a picture).

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 147.


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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis hispida
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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 hispida., retrieved 25 March 2017

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