Scleria bulbifera Hochst. ex A.Rich.

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Scleria bulbifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

Scleria bulbifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

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Synonyms: Scleria buchananii Boeck.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Stoloniferous perennial. Culms 30-70 cm × 0.7-1.5 mm, triangular, glabrous; base woody, thickened into bulb-like swellings 4-10 mm in diameter. Leaves: lamina up to 15-30 cm × 2-5 mm; leaf sheath with a rim of dense long whitish hairs; ligule indistinct or 0. Inflorescence 5-20 cm, usually simply spicate, consisting of 6-20 sessile clusters of bisexual spikelets, with the lower clusters sometimes stalked; bracts of lower clusters sometimes ± leaf-like. Spikelets 4-6.5 mm. Glumes 3-4 mm, reddish-brown, glabrous or hairy on the midrib. Nutlet 1.6-2 × 1.2-1.5 mm, obovoid to subspherical, white, grey or pale brown, smooth to lightly or strongly tuberculate; hypogynium c.0.4 mm.
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Habitat: In open woodland or grassland; also in seasonally wet.
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal and Ethiopia to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 26 October 2005

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 303. as Scleria bulbifera bulbifera ( ? beeldnaam) (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 181 - 182. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 386.

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.

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

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Scleria bulbifera
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Flora of Mozambique: Scleria bulbifera
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scleria bulbifera
African Plant Database: Scleria bulbifera
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scleria bulbifera
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Tropicos: Scleria bulbifera
Wikipedia: Scleria bulbifera

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 bulbifera., retrieved 28 May 2024

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