Perotis patens Gand.

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Perotis patens

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Common names: Bottle-brush grass (English) Cats tail grass (English) Rainbow grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial grass, up to 1 m. A sparsely tufted grass with relatively few leaves. Inflorescence a long and slender spike. Spikelets densely packed along the rhachis with long, hair-like awns.
Notes: By far the most common of the three species of Perotis.
Derivation of specific name: patens: spreading, diverging from the axis at almost 90 degrees
Habitat: Often a pioneer in eroded places and sandy soils in cultivated and disturbed areas and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa and Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 249 - 253. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 510. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 142.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 191.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Perotis patens
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Perotis patens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Perotis patens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Perotis patens
Tropicos: Perotis patens

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: Perotis patens., retrieved 18 December 2017

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