Eragrostis lehmanniana Nees

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Eragrostis lehmanniana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road between Shash Wilderness Camp and National Parks Compound, Tuli

Eragrostis lehmanniana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road between Shash Wilderness Camp and National Parks Compound, Tuli

Eragrostis lehmanniana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road between Shash Wilderness Camp and National Parks Compound, Tuli

Eragrostis lehmanniana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road between Shash Wilderness Camp and National Parks Compound, Tuli

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Synonyms: Eragrostis chaunantha Pilg.
Eragrostis lehmanniana var. chaunantha (Pilg.) De Winter
Eragrostis vansonii Bremek. & Oberm.
Common names: Lehmann's love grass (English)
Status: Native
Caespitose perennial without rhizomes but sometimes with stolons; culms up to 90 cm tall, erect, ascending or decumbent and rooting at the nodes, branched, glabrous at the nodes (but the internodes glabrous or pilose), eglandular; basal leaf sheaths shortly pilose below or sometimes glabrous, chartaceous, ± compressed and keeled, eglandular, persistent; ligule a line of hairs; leaf laminas 6–25 cm × 1.5–3.5 mm, linear to broadly linear, flat, puberulous above, eglandular.Panicle 9–16 cm long, ovate to narrowly ovate-elliptic, loose and open, the spikelets condensed about the branchlets on pedicels 0.5–1 mm long, the primary branches not in whorls, terminating in a fertile spikelet, glabrous in the axils, eglandular.Spikelets 4–11 × 1–1.5 mm, oblong to linear, lightly laterally compressed, 7–15-flowered, the lemmas disarticulating from below upwards, the rhachilla persistent below, sometimes becoming fragile above; glumes subequal, 1.3–1.9 mm long, reaching to between 1/2 and 2/3(3/4) the way along the adjacent lemmas, lightly keeled, narrowly oblong-lanceolate in profile, smooth or scaberulous on the keel, subacute at the apex; lemmas 1.8–2 mm long, lightly keeled, elliptic-oblong in profile, membranous with distinct lateral nerves, appressed to the rhachilla, those in opposite rows scarcely overlapping, the rhachilla ± visible between them, dark green, grey-green or reddish, faintly asperulous on the back, obtuse to shallowly 3-lobed at the apex; palea persistent or rarely deciduous with the lemma, glabrous on the flanks, the keels slender, wingless, smooth or scaberulous; anthers 3, 0.7–1 mm long.Caryopsis 0.7–0.8 mm long, oblong to elliptic.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and wooded grassland on Kalahari sand, in seasonal pans in mopane woodland an at the margins of calcareous pans, on river bank alluvium and in Acacia woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI,M
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24. As Eragrostis lehmanniana chaunantha

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15. As Eragrostis lehmanniana chaunantha

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 146 - 147.

Isaiah, A.M. & Komi, T. (2015). Grasses in the Botswana National Botanic Garden South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Page 19. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 67.

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 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 118 - 119. as Eragrostis lehmanniana var. lehmanniana (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Eragrostis lehmanniana:

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Flora of Botswana: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Flora of Caprivi: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Flora of Zambia: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eragrostis lehmanniana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eragrostis lehmanniana
African Plant Database: Eragrostis lehmanniana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eragrostis lehmanniana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eragrostis lehmanniana
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eragrostis lehmanniana
JSTOR Plant Science: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Plants of the World Online: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Tropicos: Eragrostis lehmanniana
Wikipedia: Eragrostis lehmanniana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Eragrostis lehmanniana., retrieved 3 March 2024

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