Eragrostis chapelieri (Kunth) Nees

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Eragrostis chapelieri

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Eragrostis chapelieri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Eragrostis dolichostachya Peter
Poa chevalieri Kunth
Common names: Muswewehongi (Shona) Spiky love-grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass, up to 1 m. Leave narrowly linear, upto 45 cm long, often folded or rolled along the length. Inflorescence a very dense spike-like panicle, up to 25 cm long, often interrupted below. Spikelets linear to narrowly oblong, flattened, up to 25 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland on sandy soils or in rocky places, often on alluvial soils near dambos, lakes or rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Aug
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan to South Africa. Also in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. (2002). A checklist of Zimbabwean grasses Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 16. Pretoria. Page 6.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 125 - 127. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 134.

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 297 - 298.

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

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 38.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 129.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis chapelieri
Flora of Caprivi: Eragrostis chapelieri
Flora of Malawi: Eragrostis chapelieri
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis chapelieri
Flora of Zambia: Eragrostis chapelieri

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis chapelieri
African Plant Database: Eragrostis chapelieri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eragrostis chapelieri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eragrostis chapelieri
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eragrostis chapelieri
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eragrostis chapelieri
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JSTOR Plant Science: Eragrostis chapelieri
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eragrostis chapelieri
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eragrostis chapelieri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis chapelieri
Plants of the World Online: Eragrostis chapelieri
Tropicos: Eragrostis chapelieri
Wikipedia: Eragrostis chapelieri

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: Eragrostis chapelieri., retrieved 25 November 2020

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