Eustachys paspaloides (Vahl) Lanza & Mattei

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Eustachys paspaloides

Photo: Fay Robertson
Shangani Ranch

Eustachys paspaloides

Photo: Fay Robertson
Shangani Ranch

Eustachys paspaloides

Photo: Fay Robertson
Shangani Ranch

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Synonyms: Chloris paspaloides (Vahl) Hochst.
Chloris petraea Thunb.
Cynosurus paspaloides Vahl
Eustachys petraea (Thunb.) Desv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial with thick horizontal or oblique rhizome, up to 80 cm tall, erect or ascending; leaf sheaths flabellate, in bunches at the lower nodes; leaf laminas 4.5–30 cm × 2–5(10) mm, abruptly acute. Inflorescence of 5–10 digitate racemes 6–8 cm long. Spikelets 2.4–2.5 mm long; inferior glume 1.6–2 mm long, ovate, boat-shaped; superior glume 1.8–2.4 mm long, oblong-elliptic, the awn 0.8–1 mm long; fertile lemma as long as the spikelet, ovate in profile, glabrous or sparsely pubescent on the body, ciliate on the keel and lateral nerves, emarginate, with or without an awn-point up to 0.8 mm long; sterile floret 1.2–1.5 mm long, truncate.
Notes: Favoured by grazing animals, but even when Eustachys is chewed almost to the ground the flattened leaf bases are distinctive. (K.M. Dunham & E.F. Robertson, pers. comm. 2019).
Derivation of specific name: paspaloides: resembling a Paspalum, another genus in Poaceae.
Habitat: In woodland and hillsides, on doloritic soils and in sandveld or dambos.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the eastern half of Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa and Namibia. Also in Arabia
Botswana distribution: SE
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 19 September 2019

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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 Botswana: Species information: Eustachys paspaloides., retrieved 21 May 2024

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