Eragrostis superba Peyr.

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Eragrostis superba

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Eragrostis superba

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Eragrostis superba

Picture: Petra Ballings
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Eragrostis superba

Picture: Petra Ballings
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Eragrostis superba

Picture: Petra Ballings
Along road to Tuli

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass, up to 1.2 m. Inflorescence a panicle. Spikelets straw-coloured to pinkish, large, oval and conspicuously flattened with typically serrated edges.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: superba: superb, proud
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, mostly in sandy soils, sometimes on termite mounds. Also along roadsides in disturbed soil.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Aug - May
Worldwide distribution: Sudan southwards to South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 84 - 86. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 495. (Includes a picture).

Isaiah, A.M. & Komi, T. (2015). Grasses in the Botswana National Botanic Garden South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Page 23. (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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 95. (Includes a picture).

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 128 - 129. (Includes a picture).

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

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.

Other sources of information about Eragrostis superba:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Caprivi: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Malawi: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eragrostis superba

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis superba
African Plant Database: Eragrostis superba
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eragrostis superba
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eragrostis superba
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eragrostis superba
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eragrostis superba
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eragrostis superba
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eragrostis superba
iNaturalist: Eragrostis superba
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eragrostis superba
JSTOR Plant Science: Eragrostis superba
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eragrostis superba
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eragrostis superba
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis superba
Plants of the World Online: Eragrostis superba
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eragrostis superba
Tropicos: Eragrostis superba
Wikipedia: Eragrostis superba

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 superba., retrieved 6 August 2020

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