Scleria catophylla C.B. Clarke

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Scleria catophylla

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Synonyms: Scleria aterrima (Ridl.) Napper
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Perennial, 0.2─1.2 m tall; stems glabrous or hairy, slightly swollen at base, producing up to 4 stolons. Leaves mostly arising from the base of the stem, glabrous to densely hairy, ligule a dense rim of short hairs. Inflorescence spicate, 6─18 cm long, with many reflexed glomerules. Nutlet white, obovoid. The absence of a rhizome and presence of stolons characterizes this species.
Derivation of specific name: catophylla: leaves downwards
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa extending into subtropical South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50. As Scleria aterrima

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 181. as Scleria aterrima

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 581 - 583. (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 89. as Scleria aterrima

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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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: Species information: Scleria catophylla., retrieved 19 June 2024

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