454.000 Ascolepis Nees ex Steud.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves crowded at culm base, lamina often inrolled. Inflorescence a compact head of 1-flowered spikelets surrounded by an involucre of leaves. Each spikelet consists of a spikelet bract, a perianth scale (squamella), a rhachilla (in a few species) and a flower. The squamella is often conspicuous and petal-like and sometimes encloses the flower, the nutlet and squamella falling together. Stamens 1-3(-5). Ovary with 2-3 stigmas. Nutlet minutely papillose.

Worldwide: c. 20 species, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa; 1 in Madagascar and S America and 2 extending to Indo-China

Zimbabwe: 7 taxa.

Ascolepis capensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
capensis (Kunth) Ridl.N,C,EDescription, Image
densa Goetgh.N,CDescription, Image
erythrocephala S.S. HooperC
lineariglumis Lye var. lineariglumis N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
protea Welw. var. bellidiflora Welw.N,CDescription, Image
protea Welw. var. stellata Goetgh.N
pusilla Ridl.C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ascolepis:

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Flora of Caprivi: Ascolepis
Flora of Malawi: Ascolepis
Flora of Mozambique: Ascolepis
Flora of Zambia: Ascolepis

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ascolepis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=265, retrieved 1 April 2023

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