512.000 Coleochloa Gilly

Kativu, S. (1994) Notes on Coleochloa Gilly (Cyperaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 15(1) 33-37

Description of the genus

Tufted, narrow-leaved perennials with the habit and spikelet structure of a Scleria. Leaves 2-ranked, with the sheath open (as opposed to closed in Scleria). Ligule present, a band of stiff white hairs. The spikes or heads are composed of many spikelets. Each spikelet consists of 4-5 distichous glumes, of which the lowest 2 are empty, the 2-3 upper either subtend male flowers only or 1-2 female and 1-2 male flowers. Ovary with a ring of hairs below and extended into a beak (superficially resembling the utricle of Carex).

Worldwide: 7 species found in Africa south of the Sahara, including one in Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Coleochloa setifera

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica (A. Rich.) GillyS
pallidior NelmesW,C,E,S
setifera (Ridl.) GillyW,C,E,SDescription, Image

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Wikipedia: Coleochloa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Coleochloa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=290, retrieved 25 May 2024

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