Hemarthria altissima (Poir.) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.

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Hemarthria altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Hemarthria altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Hemarthria fasciculata (Lam.) Kunth
Rottboellia compressa L. var. fasciculata (Lam.) Hack.
Common names: Red swamp grass (English) Red vlei grass (English) Swamp couch (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial mat-forming grass, growing from creeping rhizomes. Inflorescences are often inconspicuous and difficult to distinguish from the actual culms. Spikelets often sunken into the flattened raceme, except when young (see image).
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In vleis, along river banks and on the shores of dams and lakes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1550 m
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 138.

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 190.


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West African Plants database: Hemarthria altissima

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: Hemarthria altissima.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109170, retrieved 31 May 2016

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