Eragrostis sclerantha Nees
subsp. villosipes (Jedwabn.) Launert

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Synonyms: Eragrostis sclerantha var. villosipes De Winter apud. Chippindall
Eragrostis villosipes Jedwabn.
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Status: Native
Densely caespitose perennial without rhizomes or stolons; culms 60 to 100 cm tall, erect, slightly swollen at the base, unbranched, glabrous at the nodes, eglandular; basal leaf sheaths woolly-tomentose below with off-white or yellowish hairs, chartaceous with somewhat indurated nerves, laterally compressed, eglandular, usually decaying into coarse yellow fibres; ligule a line of hairs; leaf laminas 15–25 cm × 2–6 mm, linear, flat or involute, glabrous or faintly scaberulous, eglandular. Panicle 15–35 cm long, oblong, open, the the spikelets appressed to the ascending branches, the primary branches not in whorls, terminating in a fertile spikelet, glabrous in the axils (but the axis and branches pubescent to puberulous), eglandular.Spikelets 2–9 × 1.5–2 mm, elliptic to oblong, laterally compressed, 6–20-flowered, the lemmas disarticulating from below upwards, the rhachilla persistent; glumes subequal, 0.8–1.5 mm long, reaching to about the middle of the adjacent lemmas, keeled, lanceolate in profile, asperulous on the keel, otherwise glabrous, subacute at the apex; lemmas 1.6–2 mm long, keeled, ovate in profile, cartilaginous with indistinct lateral nerves, diverging from the rhachilla at 45°, those in opposite rows imbricate and concealing the rhachilla, olive-green, glabrous, subacute at the apex; palea persistent, glabrous on the flanks, the keels slender, wingless, scaberulous; anthers 3, 0.7–1 mm long.Caryopsis c. 0.6 mm long, elliptic.
Notes: Culms 60–100 cm tall; panicle oblong, 15–35 cm long, the spikelets appressed to the ascending branches.
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Habitat: Miombo, Kalahari Sand woodlands and dry evergreen forests, and sandveld, in sandy soils, on rocky hill slopes and in wooded grasslands and dambos; also in disturbed ground at roadsides
Altitude range: 50 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: N,C
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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. Also as Eragrostis villosipes

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 128 - 129.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Pages 40 - 41. As Eragrostis villosipes

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 164 - 166. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: Eragrostis sclerantha subsp. villosipes
Flora of Zambia: Eragrostis sclerantha subsp. villosipes
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eragrostis sclerantha subsp. villosipes

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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: Species information: Eragrostis sclerantha subsp. villosipes., retrieved 18 April 2024

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