Scleria foliosa Hochst. ex A.Rich.

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Scleria foliosa

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Status: Native
Annual 0.2─2 m tall, loosely or densely tufted, with brown or reddish roots. Leaves and bracts ligulate, the sheath mouth extended into a tongue with dark brown margins. Leaves glabrous but scabrid on margins and veins beneath. Inflorescence of a terminal and 1─3 lateral panicles, always single at the nodes of the upper leaves. Peduncles stiffly erect but may become ± pendulous after maturity. Nutlets white or grey, ovoid 3.5─4 mm long, 2─2.4 mm wide, glabrous, lightly to moderately verrucose.
Derivation of specific name: foliosa: leafy
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Worldwide distribution: Regional: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe;
Global: west, east and southern Africa, Madagascar and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 400.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 121.

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Flora of Botswana: Scleria foliosa
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Scleria foliosa
Flora of Malawi: Scleria foliosa
Flora of Mozambique: Scleria foliosa
Flora of Zambia: Scleria foliosa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scleria foliosa
African Plant Database: Scleria foliosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Scleria foliosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Scleria foliosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Scleria foliosa
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Scleria foliosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Scleria foliosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scleria foliosa
Plants of the World Online: Scleria foliosa
Tropicos: Scleria foliosa
Wikipedia: Scleria foliosa

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 foliosa., retrieved 19 May 2024

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