Eragrostis mollior Pilg. ex R.E. Fr.

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Eragrostis mollior

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road at start of Chisanga trail, Nyika National Park.

Eragrostis mollior

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road at start of Chisanga trail, Nyika National Park.

Eragrostis mollior

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road at start of Chisanga trail, Nyika National Park.

Eragrostis mollior

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road at start of Chisanga trail, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Eragrostis longipaniculata De Wild.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Densely tufted perennial grass without rhizomes or stolons; culms up to 120 cm tall, erect, unbranched, hairless at the nodes, more or less densely hairy on the internodes when young; ligule a line of hairs. Leaves linear, 15–50 cm long, flat or rolled in when dry, scaberulous to velvety, rarely smooth and hairless, blue-green to bright green; basal sheaths densely woolly below, disintegrating into persistent fibres. Panicle 15–50 cm long, broadly linear to lanceolate in outline, diffuse or contracted, spikelets evenly distributed, branches stiff and straight, usually terminating in a slender bristle, often with long silky hairs in the axils. Spikelets ovate-oblong, 2–4.5 mm long and 2–2.5 mm wide, not compressed, 3–10-flowered; glumes lanceolate to ovate-oblong, hairless; lemmas dorsally rounded, ovate-elliptic to ovate, 1.7–2.2 mm long.
Type location:
DRC
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Habitat: In high rainfall grassland, open woodland and disturbed places.
Altitude range: Up to 2140 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,C
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Content last updated: Friday 5 July 2019
Literature:

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.

Chapano, C. (2002). A checklist of Zimbabwean grasses Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 16. Pretoria. Page 6.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 62. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 134.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 40. As Eragrostis longepaniculata

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 104.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 130.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 52 - 53. (Includes a picture).

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eragrostis mollior.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105020, retrieved 15 December 2019

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