Bothriochloa insculpta (A. Rich.) A. Camus

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Bothriochloa insculpta

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Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Dichanthium insculptum (A. Rich.) Clayton
Common names: Pinhole grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass, often with stolons. It is strongly aromatic when crushed. The culms have a conspicuous ring of white hairs at the nodes. The inflorescence is subdigitate, purple.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Commonly growing in overgrazed and disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1520 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jun
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 4 October 2006

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 47 - 48.

Isaiah, A.M. & Komi, T. (2015). Grasses in the Botswana National Botanic Garden South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Page 5. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 132.

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 187.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bothriochloa insculpta
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bothriochloa insculpta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bothriochloa insculpta
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bothriochloa insculpta
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bothriochloa insculpta., retrieved 20 March 2018

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