Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton

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Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Rottboellia cochinchinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

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Synonyms: Rottboellia arundinacea A. Rich.
Rottboellia exaltata L.f.
Stegosia cochinchinensis Lour.
Common names: Guinea fowl grass (English) Kelly grass (English) Kokomo grass (English) Shamva grass (English)
Status: Native
Tall annual grass, up to 1-4 m, taller specimens often supported by stilt roots. Leaves linear, up to 45 × 2 cm, with harsh prickly hairs on the leaf sheaths, unpleasant to the touch. Racemes 3-15 cm long, spike-like cylindric, hairless. Spikelets appear sunken into the main pedicel.
Derivation of specific name: cochinchinensis: of Cochin China where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Growing in shade in wooded grassland, along roadsides and an increasingly problematic weed of cultivation
Altitude range: 80 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Old World Tropics. Introduced in the Caribbean.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Insects associated with this species: Gnophodes betsimena diversa (Larval foodplant)
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 174 - 176. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 56. As Rottboellia exaltata

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 109.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 143.

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 191.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 7. as Rottboellia exaltata (Includes a picture).

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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: Rottboellia cochinchinensis., retrieved 15 April 2024

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