Leersia hexandra Sw.

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Leersia hexandra

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Cleveland Dam, nr one end of dam wall

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Common names: Rice grass (English)
Status: Native
Creeping perennial grass, growing from a strong branched rhizome. Leaves coarse, especially at the margins and along the midrib. Nodes covered in short white hairs. Inflorescence a panicle. Spikelets reedish-brown.
Derivation of specific name: hexandra: with 6 stamens
Habitat: In a variety of moist habitats.
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 353. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. (2002). A checklist of Zimbabwean grasses Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 16. Pretoria. Page 3.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 136.

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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 496. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 46.

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 26 - 28. (Includes a picture).

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 106.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 132.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 148 - 149. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 140.

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 190.

Van Oudtshoorn, F.P. (1992). Grasses of South Africa Briza Publications, South Africa Page 191. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Leersia hexandra
Flora of Caprivi: Leersia hexandra
Flora of Malawi: Leersia hexandra
Flora of Zambia: Leersia hexandra
Flora of Zimbabwe: Leersia hexandra

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Leersia hexandra
African Plant Database: Leersia hexandra
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Leersia hexandra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Leersia hexandra
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Leersia hexandra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Leersia hexandra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Leersia hexandra
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Leersia hexandra
iNaturalist: Leersia hexandra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leersia hexandra
JSTOR Plant Science: Leersia hexandra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Leersia hexandra
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Leersia hexandra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Leersia hexandra
Plants of the World Online: Leersia hexandra
Tropicos: Leersia hexandra
Wikipedia: Leersia hexandra

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Leersia hexandra.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103480, retrieved 25 January 2021

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