Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton

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Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

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Synonyms: Rottboellia arundinacea A. Rich.
Rottboellia exaltata L.f.
Stegosia cochinchinensis Lour.
Common names: Guinea fowl grass (English) Kelly grass (English) Kokomo grass (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Tall annual grass, up to 1-4 m, taller specimens often supported by stilt roots. Leaves linear, up to 45 × 2 cm, with harsh prickly hairs on the leaf sheaths Inflorescence 1-several spike-like racemes, cylindric, 3-15 cm long, hairless. Spikelets appear sunken into the main pedicel.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cochinchinensis: of Cochin, China where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Occurring in wooded grassland, woodland and along roadsides, usually in shade. Sometimes a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1570 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Old World Tropics. Introduced in the Caribbean.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Gnophodes betsimena diversa (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 4 August 2009
Literature:

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 174 - 176. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 143.

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.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 7. as Rottboellia exaltata (Includes a picture).


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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: Rottboellia cochinchinensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109200, retrieved 30 August 2016

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