Eleocharis atropurpurea (Retz.) C. Presl

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Eleocharis atropurpurea

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Kaombe (FEOW: Middle Zambezi - Luangwa)

Eleocharis atropurpurea

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Eleocharis atropurpurea

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Dwarf fragile annual. Culms 1-13 cm tall. Spikelet less than 10 mm long. Perianth bristles 0-5, shorter than the nutlet. Nutlets smooth, shiny black or dark brown when mature, flattened.
Derivation of specific name: atropurpurea: dark purple
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics and subtropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 77 - 78.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 44 - 46. (Includes a picture).

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 88.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eleocharis atropurpurea
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JSTOR Plant Science: Eleocharis atropurpurea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eleocharis atropurpurea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eleocharis atropurpurea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eleocharis atropurpurea
Plants of the World Online: Eleocharis atropurpurea
Tropicos: Eleocharis atropurpurea
Wikipedia: Eleocharis atropurpurea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eleocharis atropurpurea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111060, retrieved 26 September 2021

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