Eragrostis superba Peyr.

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Eragrostis superba

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Eragrostis superba

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Eragrostis superba

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

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Common names: Bosluisgras (Afrikaans) Herz-Straußgras (German) Saw-tooth love grass (English) Weeluisgras (Afrikaans)
Frequency: Common
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.
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.
Flowering time:Aug - May
Worldwide distribution: Sudan southwards to South Africa
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Content last updated: Saturday 24 March 2018

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:

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Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Malawi: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis superba
Flora of Zambia: 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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Eragrostis superba., retrieved 11 December 2019

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