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
Common names: Klewerige eragrostis (Afrikaans) Sticky love grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
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
Flowering time:
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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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 70 - 71.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 476. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 41.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 68 - 69. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 132 - 133. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 138.

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 Botswana: Eragrostis viscosa
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Flora of Malawi: Eragrostis viscosa
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis viscosa
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis viscosa
African Plant Database: Eragrostis viscosa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eragrostis viscosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eragrostis viscosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eragrostis viscosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eragrostis viscosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eragrostis viscosa
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Ispot Southern Africa: Eragrostis viscosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Eragrostis viscosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eragrostis viscosa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eragrostis viscosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis viscosa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eragrostis viscosa
Tropicos: Eragrostis viscosa

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 viscosa., retrieved 18 July 2019

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