Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton

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Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

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Synonyms: Rottboellia arundinacea A. Rich.
Rottboellia exaltata L.f.
Stegosia cochinchinensis Lour.
Common names: Guinea fowl grass (English) Kelly grass (English) Kokomo grass (English) Shamva grass (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Tall annual grass, up to 1-4 m, taller specimens often supported by stilt roots. Leaves linear, up to 45 × 2 cm, with harsh prickly hairs on the leaf sheaths, unpleasant to the touch. Racemes 3-15 cm long, spike-like cylindric, hairless. Spikelets appear sunken into the main pedicel.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cochinchinensis: of Cochin, China where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Occurring in wooded grassland, woodland and along roadsides, usually in shade. Sometimes a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1570 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Old World Tropics. Introduced in the Caribbean.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Gnophodes betsimena diversa (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 4 August 2009
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 174 - 176. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 56. As Rottboellia exaltata

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 143.

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 191.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 7. as Rottboellia exaltata (Includes a picture).


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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: Rottboellia cochinchinensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109200, retrieved 18 June 2019

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