Eragrostis capensis (Thunb.) Trin.

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Eragrostis capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Eragrostis capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Eragrostis brizoides (L.f.) Nees
Eragrostis pseudopoa sensu B.K. Simon
Common names: Heart-seed love-grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass with short leaves concentrated at the base and long unbranched culms up to 1.2 m; inflorescence a short branched panicle, narrow or spreading with relatively few spikelets; spikelets large, heart-shaped slightly reminiscent of Briza maxima.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: In seasonally wet grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 345. (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 121. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 39.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 39.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 136.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 147.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis capensis
Flora of Malawi: Eragrostis capensis
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis capensis
Flora of Zambia: Eragrostis capensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis capensis
African Plant Database: Eragrostis capensis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eragrostis capensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eragrostis capensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eragrostis capensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eragrostis capensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eragrostis capensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eragrostis capensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eragrostis capensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eragrostis capensis
Ispot Southern Africa: Eragrostis capensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Eragrostis capensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eragrostis capensis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eragrostis capensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis capensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eragrostis capensis
Tropicos: Eragrostis capensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eragrostis capensis., retrieved 18 July 2019

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