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Species Information

Imperata cylindrica (L.) Raeusch.
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Graminoid
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: various
Local abundance: abundant
Cultural uses
Other uses

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Imperata cylindrica - (Umtenti) Rhizomes tough, interwoven. Leaves tufted, stiffly erect, up to I m high, usually less, x c 5 mm wide, tapering to long sharp point. Stem sometimes more than 1 m high, usually much less. lnflorescence several cm long, plump, dense, conspicuous because of abundant shining white silky hairs.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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