492.000 Rhynchospora Vahl

Description of the genus

Perennial (in ours) leafy herbs. Rhizome short and creeping or rudimentary. Leaves numerous, usually stiff with minute spine-like teeth on the margin, either densely crowded at the base, or well spaced along the stem. Ligule 0 or rudimentary. Inflorescence usually a panicle, frequently the branches ending in corymbs. Spikelets with spirally arranged glumes; usually the lowest 3-5 glumes empty, the upper bisexual and the uppermost male only. Perianth 0 (candida) or consisting of 6 bristles with minute spine-like teeth directed towards apex. Stamens 2-3. Stigmas 2 or style subentire. Nutlet transversely wavy or smooth; base of style persistent as a conic or flattened cap.

Worldwide: c. 250 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially tropical and warm areas of S America

Zimbabwe: 7 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
candida (Nees) C. B. ClarkeN,W,C,EDescription, Image
corymbosa (L.) BrittonE
gracillima Thwaites subsp. subquadrata (Cherm.) J. RaynalW
holoschoenoides (Rich.) HerterWDescription, Image
perrieri Cherm.W
rubra (Lour.) Makino subsp. africana J. RaynalE
rugosa (Vahl) Gale subsp. brownii (Roem. & Schult.) T.KoyamaW,C,E,S

Other sources of information about Rhynchospora:

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Flora of Botswana: Rhynchospora
Flora of Caprivi: Rhynchospora
Flora of Malawi: Rhynchospora
Flora of Mozambique: Rhynchospora
Flora of Zambia: Rhynchospora

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Rhynchospora.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=288, retrieved 15 August 2020

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