Eragrostis congesta Oliv.

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Eragrostis congesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba main rd, by Chinyakwaremba

Eragrostis congesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba main rd, by Chinyakwaremba

Eragrostis congesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba main rd, by Chinyakwaremba

Eragrostis congesta

Photo: Mark Hyde
Rydal Court, Ruwa

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Synonyms: Eragrostis eichingeri Pilg
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Unbranched perennial tufted grass, without stolons or rhizomes up to c. 1 m tall. Inflorescence a panicle of 2-8 ovoid to spherical, dense clusters of spikelets, separate along the central axis. Spikelets 3-10 mm long, narrowly oblong, laterally compressed, grey-green flushed with purple.
Notes: In Zimbabwe, this is essentially a species of the E Hghlands, but it is spreading, in a weedy manner, along the main Harare / Mutare Rd, as far west as Ruwa.

Surprisingly not recorded for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: congesta: congested (refers to a tight inflorescence)
Habitat: In wooded grassland, miombo woodland, vlei margins and roadsides, often in sandy soils and disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1650 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 March 2009
Literature:

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.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 121 - 122. (Includes a picture).

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

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.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 152 - 153. (Includes a picture).


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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 congesta.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104800, retrieved 12 November 2019

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