Eragrostis patens Oliv.

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Eragrostis patens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

Eragrostis patens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

Eragrostis patens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

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Common names: Footpath love grass (English)
Status: Native
Slender tufted annual grass, up to 40 cm tall. Stems erect or ascending. Leaves and stems eglandular. Inflorescence a panicle, dense and spike-like, 2-10cm long. Spikelets linear, sessile in cuneate clusters, flushed purple.
Derivation of specific name: patens: spreading, diverging from the axis at almost 90 degrees
Habitat: In a variety of woodland and grassland habitats and in disturbed and cultivated land.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 March 2009

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 126. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 40.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).

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 189.

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Flora of Caprivi: Eragrostis patens
Flora of Malawi: Eragrostis patens
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis patens
Flora of Zambia: Eragrostis patens

External websites:

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

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 patens., retrieved 19 July 2019

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