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Cladoraphis spinosa (L.f.) S.M.Phillips


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Cladoraphis spinosa

Spines and flowers



Family: Poaceae
Full name: Cladoraphis spinosa (L.f.) S.M.Phillips
Location: Sossusvlei (2415CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Volstruisgras, Volstruisdoring
English common name(s): Spiny cladoraphis, Ostrich grass, Spiny love grass, Thorny grass
Synonym(s): Eragrostis spinosa (L.f.) Trin.
Festuca spinosa L.f. fide Kew Bull. 37(1): 159. 1982.
Status: Native
Description: An unusual grass with a shrub-like growth form and with the panicle branches ending in sharp, pointed spines
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iSpot:  153369 
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 05 Mar 2009
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/800 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jul 2014


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