Eragrostis patens Oliv.

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Eragrostis patens

Picture: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

Eragrostis patens

Picture: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

Eragrostis patens

Picture: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender tufted annual grass, up to 40 cm tall. Stems erect or ascending. Leaves and stems eglandular. Inflorescence a panicle, dense and spike-like, 2-10cm long. Spikelets linear, sessile in cuneate clusters, flushed purple.
Type location:
Notes: Caespitose annual
Derivation of specific name: patens: spreading, diverging from the axis at almost 90 degrees
Habitat: In a variety of woodland and grassland habitats and in disturbed and cultivated land.
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lk,S,W
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 126. (Includes a picture).

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

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.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).

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 189.

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Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis patens
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis patens
African Plant Database: Eragrostis patens
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eragrostis patens
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eragrostis patens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis patens
Plants of the World Online: Eragrostis patens
Tropicos: Eragrostis patens
Wikipedia: Eragrostis patens

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eragrostis patens., retrieved 25 November 2020

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