Eragrostis racemosa (Thunb.) Steud.

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Eragrostis racemosa

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba.

Eragrostis racemosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba.

Eragrostis racemosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Eragrostis chalcantha Trin.
Eragrostis lasiophylla K. Schum.
Eragrostis sclerantha sensu B.K. Simon
Poa racemosa Thunb.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender tufted grass. Culms erect up to 90 cm tall. Inflorescence a panicle, branches not whorled. Spikelets slightly coarse, olive-green, edged with purple.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: racemosa: in racemes or racemose, referring to the branches of the inflorescence with pedicellate spikelets forming racemes.
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, often in disturbed sandy soils. It is more common in high rainfall areas.
Altitude range: Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Apr
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan to South Africa, Madagascar and Arabia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,E,Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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 346.

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

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

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 124 - 126. (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.

Fish, L., Mashau, A.C., Moeaha, M.J. & Nembudani, M.T. (2015). Identification Guide to Southern African Grasses Strelitzia 36 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Page 326.

Isaiah, A.M. & Komi, T. (2015). Grasses in the Botswana National Botanic Garden South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Page 20. (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.

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 156 - 157. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 137.

Simon, B.K. (1971). Zambian grass list Kirkia 8(1) Page 61. also as E. sclerantha

Simon, B.K. (1971). Rhodesian grass list. Kirkia 8(1) Pages 27 - 28. also as E. sclerantha

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 147.

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

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Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis racemosa
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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 racemosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105140, retrieved 19 August 2019

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