Elionurus muticus (Spreng.) Kuntze

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Elionurus muticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Elionurus muticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Elionurus argenteus Nees
Common names: Wire grass (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Densely tufted perennial grass. The filiform leaves are mostly basal, slightly aromatic when crushed. The mature inflorescences typically curl back in a sickle shape, showing spreading spikelets, covered in long, silvery hairs. These are strongly lemon-scented when crushed.
Derivation of specific name: muticus: blunt, without a point or awn
Habitat: On sandy or rocky soil in grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2290 m
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 2 June 2006

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 135.


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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: Elionurus muticus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109130, retrieved 28 May 2016

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