Bushman grass, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch boesmangras, see boesmangras.
A general term for any of several species of grass of the genera Aristida, Stipa, and especially Stipagrostis of the sub-family Arundinoideae (family Poaceae); boesmangras. See also steekgras sense a, twa-grass. Formerly also Boshman’s grass.
1789 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 63I found many new species of Gramina, particularly that which the Dutch call Boshman’s Grass, from the use made of it by that people, who eat the seed of it.
1790 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 134The grass with which these Birds build, is called the Boshman’s grass; and I believe the seed of it to be their principal food.
1857 A. Wyley Rep. Min. Struct. Namaqualand App. 44There the various kinds of Bushman grass prevail, almost to the exclusion of every other plant.
1915 R. Marloth Flora of S. Afr. IV. 19Stipa (bushman grass).
1920 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari; or, Thirstland Redemption 16The ground is covered with soil or sand; when it rains, grass (‘Bushmangrass,’ Aristida brevifolia) springs up quickly and withers, covering the surface with seed, for use in the next rains.
1930 I. Schapera KhoiSan Peoples 9The great plains..are covered with tough sun-bleached Bushman grass (Aristida brevifolia).
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 528Bushman Grass..is extraordinarily drought resisting.
1957 Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.) III. 637In the Western Karoo, bushmen-grasses and other species, such as Enneapogon..may be used.
1971 Golden Fleece (S. Afr. Wool Board) June (Suppl.) 71In the dry north-western Cape, Bushman grass (Stipagrostis spp.) and allied types on sandy soil form the climax.
1977 Farmer’s Weekly 23 Nov. 12Most important grass variety is bushman grass — perfect grazing for cattle.
1991 G.E. Gibbs Russell et al. Grasses of Sn Afr. 329Stipagrostis zeyheri..subsp. macropus..Bushman grass.
A general term for any of several species of grass of the genera Aristida, Stipa, and especially Stipagrostis of the sub-family Arundinoideae (family Poaceae); boesmangras.
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