Arundinella nepalensis Trin.

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Arundinella nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam, HaArare

Arundinella nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam, HaArare

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Synonyms: Arundinella ecklonii Nees
Arundinella rigida Nees
Common names: River grass (English)
Status: Native
Perennial grass with erect unbranched culms, up to 1.5 m. Inflorescence a fairly contracted panicle, often conspicuously dark coloured, nearly black.
Derivation of specific name: nepalensis: of Nepal
Habitat: In vleis, marshes and river banks.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa, eastwards to China and Australia
Malawi distribution: N
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 199 - 200. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 30.

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 100.

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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: Arundinella nepalensis., retrieved 21 April 2024

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