Andropogon eucomus Nees
subsp. eucomus

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Andropogon eucomus subsp. eucomus

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Haka game reserve

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Common names: Snowflake grass (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass, up to 90 cm. It may be confused with subsp. huillensis but it is much smaller and the pedicelled spikelets are either totally surpressed or vestigial. The inflorescences appear more plumose.
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Habitat: In vleis, seepage areas, wet roadsides and along river banks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1610 m
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution: DRC and East Africa south to Angola and South Africa; also Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 3 September 2006

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 457. as Andropogon eucomus (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 129.

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 186.


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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: Andropogon eucomus subsp. eucomus., retrieved 28 May 2016

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