Elionurus muticus (Spreng.) Kuntze

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Elionurus muticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Elionurus muticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Elionurus argenteus Nees
Common names: Draadgras (Afrikaans) Lekkerruikgras (Afrikaans) Suurpol (Afrikaans) Wire grass (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Densely tufted perennial grass. The filiform leaves are mostly basal, slightly aromatic when crushed. The mature inflorescences typically curl back in a sickle shape, showing spreading spikelets, covered in long, silvery hairs. These are strongly lemon-scented when crushed.
Derivation of specific name: muticus: blunt, without a point or awn
Habitat: On sandy or rocky soil in grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2290 m
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, South Africa and Yemen; also in tropical and subtropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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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 345. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 156 - 158. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 38. As Elionurus argenteus

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 103.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 135.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Elionurus muticus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109130, retrieved 23 September 2020

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