Heteropogon contortus (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.

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Heteropogon contortus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam, nr main rd, Matobo National Park

Heteropogon contortus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam, nr main rd, Matobo National Park

Heteropogon contortus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam, nr main rd, Matobo National Park

Heteropogon contortus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along road to Tuli

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Synonyms: Andropogon contortus L.
Heteropogon hispidissimus Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Common names: Spear grass (English) Tanglehead (English)
Status: Native
Derivation of specific name: contortus: contorted, twisted
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, wooded grassland and on sand dunes, dominant in open grassy places on dry soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical and subtropical.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 28 September 2017

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Other sources of information about Heteropogon contortus:

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Flora of Caprivi: Heteropogon contortus
Flora of Malawi: Heteropogon contortus
Flora of Mozambique: Heteropogon contortus
Flora of Zambia: Heteropogon contortus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heteropogon contortus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Heteropogon contortus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Heteropogon contortus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Heteropogon contortus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Heteropogon contortus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Heteropogon contortus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Heteropogon contortus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Heteropogon contortus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Heteropogon contortus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Heteropogon contortus
Ispot Southern Africa: Heteropogon contortus
JSTOR Plant Science: Heteropogon contortus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Heteropogon contortus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Heteropogon contortus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Heteropogon contortus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Heteropogon contortus
Tropicos: Heteropogon contortus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Heteropogon contortus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109080, retrieved 24 April 2018

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