Eragrostis nindensis Ficalho & Hiern

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Synonyms: Eragrostis acutissima Jedwabn.
Eragrostis buchananii K. Schum.
Eragrostis denudata Hack.
Common names: Wether love grass (English)
Caespitose perennial with short oblique rhizome; culms up to 80 cm tall, erect, unbranched, glabrous at the nodes, eglandular; basal leaf sheaths glabrous or with straight silky hairs, chartaceous, terete, eglandular, persistent or decaying into coarse fibres; ligule a line of hairs; leaf laminas 5–30 cm × 2–3 mm, linear, involute and often filiform, rarely flat, eglandular.Panicle 5–20 cm long, ovate with stiffly spreading primary branches, or narrowly lanceolate and densely contracted, or linear and interrupted with the spikelets subsessile in clusters on stubby side branches, the primary branches not in whorls, terminating in a fertile spikelet, glabrous in the axils, eglandular.Spikelets 4–20 × 2.5–4 mm, ovate to narrowly oblong, strongly laterally compressed, 8–30-flowered, the florets disarticulating from the apex downwards, the rhachilla fragile; glumes subequal, 1.2–2 mm long, reaching to just beyond the middle of the adjacent lemmas, keeled, ovate in profile, glabrous, acute at the apex; lemmas 2–3.5 mm long, keeled, ovate in profile, coriaceous with obscure lateral nerves, somewhat diverging from the rhachilla, those in opposite rows scarcely overlapping, the rhachilla just visible between them, dark yellowish-green to leaden, glabrous to scabrid on the keel, glabrous to scaberulous on the flanks, acute to acuminate at the apex; palea glabrous on the flanks, the keels slender, narrowly winged, the wing margin shortly ciliolate; anthers 3, 1–1.5 mm long.Caryopsis 1–1.5 mm long, elliptic.
Notes: Caespitose perennial with short oblique rhizome. Similar to E.capensis
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Habitat: In granite sandveld, wooded short grassland, seasonal or permanently wet grassland, submontane grassland, usually in sandy soils, in Kalahari Sand & calcareous pans, on rocky outcrops, granite domes & seepage areas over rock
Altitude range: 600 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania southwards to South Africa, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 93 - 94.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 38. As Eragrostis buchananii

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 104 - 105. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 137.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 147.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Eragrostis nindensis., retrieved 15 June 2024

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