Vossia cuspidata (Roxb.) Griff.

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Synonyms: Ischaemum cuspidatum Roxb.
Vossia procera Wall. & Griff.
Common names: Hippo grass (English) Mojakubu (Setswana)
Status: Native
Perennial; culms submerged or floating, up to 7 m long and 1 cm in diameter, spongy, with fibrous roots from the nodes, standing 1–2 m out of the water. Leaf laminas 30–100 cm × 6–18 mm, linear. Racemes 1–12, each 10–30 cm long. Sessile spikelet narrowly ovate; inferior glume 2–4 cm long, the body 6–8 mm long, yellowish with green tail. Pedicelled spikelet a little smaller than the sessile.
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Habitat: Growing in or near water, often floating
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 164 - 165. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 430. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 65.

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 111.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 224 - 225. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 148.

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 193.

Other sources of information about Vossia cuspidata:

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Flora of Caprivi: Vossia cuspidata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vossia cuspidata
Flora of Malawi: Vossia cuspidata
Flora of Mozambique: Vossia cuspidata
Flora of Zambia: Vossia cuspidata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vossia cuspidata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vossia cuspidata
African Plant Database: Vossia cuspidata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vossia cuspidata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vossia cuspidata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vossia cuspidata
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iNaturalist: Vossia cuspidata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vossia cuspidata
JSTOR Plant Science: Vossia cuspidata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vossia cuspidata
Plants of the World Online: Vossia cuspidata
Tropicos: Vossia cuspidata
Wikipedia: Vossia cuspidata

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: Vossia cuspidata.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109160, retrieved 25 July 2024

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