Ascolepis capensis (Kunth) Ridl.

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Ascolepis capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare-Mutare rd near Headlands.

Ascolepis capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare-Mutare rd near Headlands.

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Status: Native
Tufted glabrous perennial to 80 cm with a short rhizome; culm with leaf sheaths at the base. Inflorescence a white rounded head, subtended by 1-3 leaf-like bracts; longest 3-5 (-12) cm. Squamellae 3-4 mm, obovate, white, flattened, with the flower in a central hollow (pocket). Style 2-fid. Nutlet 2-2.5 mm, dark, soft and falling enclosed within the protective squamella.
Notes: Superficially similar to Kyllinga alba but clearly distinguished by the conglomerate, not spherical heads.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: Seasonally wet grassland and marshes.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Mali to Ethiopia and southwards to South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Friday 29 June 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ascolepis capensis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ascolepis capensis., retrieved 28 October 2016

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