G.356. Eragrostis Wolf



Poilecot, P. (2007) Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials, often glandular, particularly on the leaf sheaths and inflorescence. Ligule a ciliate rim, rarely membranous (japonica only). Inflorescence an open, contracted or spike-like panicle, the branches sometimes racemose. Spikelets laterally flattened, awnless; glumes usually ± equal, 1-nerved. Lemmas 3-nerved; palea a little shorter than the lemma; anthers 2-3. Caryopsis usually spherical to ellipsoid.

Derivation of name: Greek combination, probably meaning love-grass.

Worldwide: c. 300 species in both temperate and tropical zones

Malawi: 47 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aethiopica Chiov.SDescription, Image
amabilis (L.) Hook. & Arn.CDescription
arenicola C.E. Hubb.N,C,SDescription, Image
aspera (Jacq.) NeesN,C,SDescription
botryodes ClaytonCDescription
canescens C.E. Hubb.
caniflora RendleN,SDescription
capensis (Thunb.) Trin.N,C,SDescription, Image
castellaneana Buscal. & Muschl.N,CDescription
chapelieri (Kunth) NeesN,C,SDescription, Image
cilianensis (All.) Vignolo ex Janch.N,C,SDescription
ciliaris (L.) R. Br.N,C,SDescription
congesta Oliv.N,SDescription, Image
cylindriflora Hochst.C,SDescription, Image
exasperata Peter N
exelliana Launert
fastigiata Cope[End]S
flavicans Rendle S
gangetica (Roxb.) Steud.N,C,SDescription
heteromera StapfC,SDescription
hierniana RendleN,CDescription
hispida K. Schum.N,C,SDescription, Image
homblei De Wild.
inamoena K. Schum.C,SDescription, Image
japonica (Thunb.) Trin.N,C,SDescription, Image
lappula NeesN,CDescription
mollior Pilg. ex R.E. Fr.NDescription, Image
nindensis Ficalho & HiernSDescription
olivacea Pilg.
paniciformis (A. Braun) Steud. C
paradoxa LaunertNDescription
patens Oliv.N,SDescription, Image
patentipilosa Hack.CDescription, Image
pilosa (L.) P. Beauv.CDescription
plana NeesN,CDescription, Image
racemosa (Thunb.) Steud.N,C,SDescription, Image
rotifer RendleSDescription
schweinfurthii Chiov.N
sclerantha Nees subsp. villosipes (Jedwabn.) LaunertN,CDescription
superba Peyr.SDescription, Image
sylviae Cope[End]S
tef (Zuccagni) TrotterSDescription
tenuifolia (A. Rich.) Hochst. ex Steud.N,SDescription, Image
tremula Hochst. ex Steud.N,C,SDescription
viscosa (Retz.) Trin.N,C,SDescription, Image
volkensii Pilg.N,SDescription
welwitschii RendleN,SDescription

Other sources of information about Eragrostis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis
Flora of Caprivi: Eragrostis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Eragrostis
Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis
Flora of Zambia: Eragrostis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eragrostis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eragrostis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eragrostis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eragrostis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Eragrostis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eragrostis
JSTOR Plant Science: Eragrostis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis
Plants of the World Online: Eragrostis
Tropicos: Eragrostis
Wikipedia: Eragrostis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Eragrostis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=165, retrieved 14 April 2024

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