525.000 Carex L.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs. Culms triangular or rarely rounded. Leaves with prominent long leaf sheaths. Inflorescence usually composed of several cylindric spikes but (in spicato-paniculata) consisting of 1-2 pyramidal panicles arising from upper leaf sheaths. Flowers unisexual, in unisexual or bisexual spikes. In this genus, in addition to the normal glume subtending the flower, the female flowers are enclosed within a utricle, which is beaked above and broad below and hence shaped something like a bottle. Ovary with 2-3 stigmas protruding from the beak at the tip of the utricle. Male flowers with usually 3 stamens.

Worldwide: c. 2000 species, cosmopolitan but mainly in temperate cold regions

Zimbabwe: 11 taxa.

Carex spicato-paniculata

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
cognata Kunth var. cognata N,C,E
cognata Kunth var. drakensbergensis (C.B. Clarke) Kük.E
lycurus K. Schum.E
macrophyllidion NelmesE
nyasensis C.B. ClarkeE
petitiana A. Rich.E
rhodesiaca NelmesC
sp.no.1 (Phipps 1112)E
spicato-paniculata C.B.ClarkeN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
tricholepis NelmesN
zuluensis C.B. ClarkeE

Other sources of information about Carex:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Carex
Flora of Zambia: Carex

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Carex
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Carex
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Carex
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carex
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Carex
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Carex

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Carex.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=293, retrieved 21 October 2014

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