Eulalia villosa (Thunb.) Nees

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Synonyms: Andropogon villosus Thunb.
Pogonatherum villosum (Thunb.) Roberty
Pollinia villosa (Thunb.) Spreng.
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Caespitose perennial. Culms 40–120 cm high, erect. Leaf laminas 3–8 mm wide, appressedly pubescent, acute. Inflorescence of 3–12 racemes each 5–12 cm long, silky with white or violet hairs. Spikelets 5–7 mm long, lanceolate. Inferior glume shallowly concave on the back with 2 intercarinal nerves, light brown, glabrous or sparsely villous, ciliate on the keels above, minutely truncate. Inferior lemma 4–7 mm long, membranous below, hyaline above. Superior lemma bifid for 1/3–1/2 its length, with an awn 10–20 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: villosa: covered with long, soft, weak hairs, villous
Habitat: Wet grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: India, Madagascar, Extends from Ethiopia to South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 346. (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 13 - 15. (Includes a picture).

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

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 105.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eulalia villosa., retrieved 21 October 2021

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