Scleria racemosa Poir.

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Scleria racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

Scleria racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

Scleria racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

Scleria racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

Scleria racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

Scleria racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

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Synonyms: Scleria ciliolata Boeck.
Scleria palmifolia Ridl.
Scleria verrucosa sensu C.B. Clarke p.p.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Robust perennial sedge, 1-3.5 m tall, growing from a creeping rhizome. leaves ligulate, up to 60 cm long and 1-3 cm wide; basal sheeths and margins razor-sharpe. Inflorescences of one terminal and 3-6 lateral panicles, elliptic to lanceolate in outline. Male spikelets 5-6 mm long; glumes straw-coloured with reddish-brown dots; minutely hairy. Female spikelets 7-9 mm long; glumes strawcoloured or pale brown with dark reddish marks, whole spikelt falling with fruit. Nutlet ovoid, 4-5 mm long, smooth and hairless, white, tinged pinkish-brown. Hypigonium cup-shaped, 4-5 mm wide, yellowish-brown above, dark reddish-brown below; margin with many close-set whitish, yellowish or reddish-brown hairs.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: By rivers and in swampy ground in forest, lake shores and swamps.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 3 April 2014
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 303.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 125.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 413 - 414.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 89.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 113.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 78.


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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: Scleria racemosa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111740, retrieved 25 August 2016

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