Scleria pergracilis (Nees) Kunth

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Scleria pergracilis

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Scleria pergracilis

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Scleria pergracilis

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Mutinondo Wilderness Area

Scleria pergracilis

Photo: Lari Merrett

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Synonyms: Scleria calcicola E.A.Robinson (confirmation required)
Scleria ustulata Ridl.
Common names:
Tufted annual 15─60 cm tall, entirely glabrous except for leaf sheaths sometimes sparsely hairy; stems slender. Inflorescence simply spicate or very shortly branched near the base 2─8(─18) cm long, with many erect or spreading glomerules of 1─3 spikelets, each 4-5 mm long, dark red.
Derivation of specific name: pergracilis: very graceful
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 184.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 395 - 397. (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.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Scleria pergracilis., retrieved 28 March 2023

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