Carex petitiana A. Rich.

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Carex petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Carex petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Carex petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Carex petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Carex aethiopica Schkuhr. var. stolonifera Boeck.
Carex cuprea (Kuk.) Nelmes
Carex fischeri K. Schum.
Carex longipedunculata K. Schum.
Carex ninagongensis (Kuk.) Robyns & Tournay
Carex preussii K. Schum.
Carex simensis sensu C.B. Clarke no A. Rich.
Carex vallis-rosetto K. Schum. var. heterostachya Kuk.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Tufted perennial 40-120 cm high, forming clumps up to 90 cm wide from a creeping rhizome, hairless. Leaves linear, 10-60 cm long, with orange-brown to purplish sheaths; margin often scabrid. Inflorescence with 4-8 erect or drooping greenish or brown spikes, 2-7 cm long and 4-7 mm wide; peduncles up to 4 cm long but usually less than 6 cm; glumes pale brown, coppery or reddish-brown with a broad pale green midrib, 3-6 mm long including arista. Utricles green with dark spots, 3.5-6 mm long, beaked; beak bifid with spiny teeth.
Notes: This species is listed in Mapaura & Timberlake 2004: 87 (Sabonet report 33) but the true status needs confirmation.
Derivation of specific name: petitiana: after Antoine Petit (?-1843), French naturalist and botanist who traveled and collected in Ethiopia.
Habitat: In wet areas in montane grassland, dambos and in scrub along streams
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and ?Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 298.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 439 - 442. (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 87.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Carex petitiana
African Plant Database: Carex petitiana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Carex petitiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Carex petitiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Carex petitiana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Carex petitiana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Carex petitiana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Carex petitiana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Carex petitiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carex petitiana
Ispot Southern Africa: Carex petitiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Carex petitiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Carex petitiana
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Carex petitiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Carex petitiana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Carex petitiana
Tropicos: Carex petitiana


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Carex petitiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111870, retrieved 18 July 2019

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