Eragrostis viscosa (Retz.) Trin.

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Eragrostis viscosa

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam Rest Camp, Matobo National Park

Eragrostis viscosa

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam Rest Camp, Matobo National Park

Eragrostis viscosa

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam Rest Camp, Matobo National Park

Eragrostis viscosa

Photo: Anneline Hill
By road to Mana Pools

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Synonyms: Eragrostis strigosa Andersson
Eragrostis transvaalensis Gand.
Poa viscosa Retz.
Common names: Klewerige eragrostis (Afrikaans) Sticky love grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Loosely tufted annual grass with erect culms up to 40 cm high, hairless at the nodes, with sticky glandular patches below the nodes. Leaf sheaths with sticky glandular patches below the collar; ligule a line of hairs. Leaves linear, 4–10 cm long, flat or with rolled-in margins, hairless or scattered hairs, sometimes with a tuberculate base. Panicle ovate to narrowly oblong, 4–15 cm long, rather dense; pedicels 1.5–2 mm long, short and stiff. Spikelets ovate-oblong, 1.5–4.5 mm long, lightly laterally compressed, 5–15-flowered; glumes subequal, 0.6–1.2 mm long, lightly keeled, keel thickened by a linear sticky yellow gland; lemmas oblong-elliptic in profile, 0.7–1.4 mm long, lightly keeled, membranous with distinct lateral nerves.
Derivation of specific name: viscosa: viscid, sticky
Habitat: Usually in sandy places, in open woodland, grassland, granite sandveld and in disturbed habitats such as roadsides and areas of former cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) 530 - 1580 m
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Worldwide distribution: In tropical Africa and South Africa, eastwards through Arabia and India to Thailand and the Philippines; also in tropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eragrostis viscosa., retrieved 24 May 2024

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