Ehrharta erecta Lam.

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Ehrharta erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Ehrharta erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

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Synonyms: Ehrharta abyssinica Hochst.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common in division E
Status: Native in E Highlands; introduced to division C
A variable, sparsely tufted grass. Despite the name it is often semi-erect, rooting at the lower nodes. The inflorescence branches are often deflexed (image 2).
Derivation of specific name: erecta: erect
Habitat: On roadsides and in often disturbed places; often in the shade of pines where little else grows.
Altitude range: (metres) 1410 - 2270 m
Flowering time:Aug - May
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa and the Mascarene Islands; introduced into southern Europe, Asia and North America.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Bicyclus safitza safitza (Food plant)
Metisella metis paris (Food plant)
Bicyclus safitza safitza f. evenus (Food plant)
Borbo borbonica borbonica (Food plant)
Neita extensa (Larval foodplant)
Borbo fatuellus fatuellus (Larval foodplant)
Aeropetes tulbaghia (Larval foodplant)
Gnophodes betsimena diversa (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 19 October 2005

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 342. as Ehrharta erecta abyssinica (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. (2002). A checklist of Zimbabwean grasses Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 16. Pretoria. Page 3.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23. As Ehrharta erecta erecta

Fish, L., Mashau, A.C., Moeaha, M.J. & Nembudani, M.T. (2015). Identification Guide to Southern African Grasses Strelitzia 36 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 251 - 252.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 37. As Ehrharta abyssinica

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 39 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 103.

Van Oudtshoorn, F.P. (1992). Grasses of South Africa Briza Publications, South Africa Page 119. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ehrharta erecta
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ehrharta erecta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ehrharta erecta
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Ehrharta erecta
Tropicos: Ehrharta erecta
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ehrharta erecta., retrieved 21 September 2020

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