Conserving Eswatini's Natural and Cultural Heritage
Eswatini National Trust Commission

Our logo is adapted from a painting by Phillip Dlamini, 1998, of a purple crested turaco. In traditional Swazi dress, the red feathers feature in the royal headdress, so this bird illustration is not only a symbol for wildlife conservation, but also of cultural heritage.

Purple crested turaco

Annotated Grasses Checklist - Malolotja Nature Reserve

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Cymbopogon nardus (L.) Rendle
(C. afronardus Stapf, C. nardus (L.) Rendle)
(C. validus (Stapf) ex Burtt Davy)
Giant turpentine grass  
Locally abundant at most altitudes, common in sheltered areas and rocky outcrops at the higher altitudes.

Hyparrhenia cymbaria (L.) Stapf
Boat grass  
Uncommon, localised patches in sheltered areas at medium to high altitude.

Hyparrhenia dregeana (Nees) Stapf ex Stent
(H. aucta (Stapf) Stapf ex Stent)
(H. pilosissima (Hack.) J.G. Anders.)
Hairy blue thatching grass  
Uncommon, occasionally found in highveld grassland.

Hyparrhenia filipendula (Hochst.) Stapf var. filipendula
Fine thatchgrass   Siswati: Sibutane
Common, usually on previously cultivated areas.

Hyparrhenia filipendula (Hochst.) Stapf var. pilosa (Hochst.) Stapf

Possibly found in Malolotja, collected by Compton in the Forbes Reef area.

Hyparrhenia hirta (L.) Stapf
Common thatchgrass   Siswati: Sibutane
Abundant at higher altitudes, usually on disturbed ground and previously cultivated fields.

Hyparrhenia variabilis Stapf

Uncommon, one record from middle Malolotja Valley.

Hyperthelia dissoluta (Nees ex Steud.) Clayton
Yellow thatching grass   Siswati: Sibutane
Locally abundant in lower areas such as the middle Malolotja Valley.

Monocymbium ceresiiforme (Nees) Stapf
Wild oatgrass  
Abundant throughout high altitude sourveld grassland, indicator of acid soils.

Trachypogon spicatus (L.f.) Kuntze
Giant speargrass  
Abundant in sourveld grassland in most of the high altitude areas.

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Our Contacts:
Head Quarters: (+268) 2416 1489/1179

King Sobhuza II Park: (+268) 2416 1489/1179

National Museum: (+268) 2416 1489/1179


Malolotja Nature Reserve: (+268) 2444 3241 / (+268) 2416 1480

Mantenga Nature Reserve and Swati Cultural Village: 2416 1151/1178

Mlawula Nature Reserve: (+268) 2383 8885 (Reception)
(+268) 2383 8453 (Senior Warden)

Magadzavane Lodge: (+268) 2343 5108/9

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