454.000 Ascolepis Nees ex Steud.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves crowded at culm base, lamina often inrolled. Inflorescence a compact head of 1-flowered spikelets surrounded by an involucre of leaves. Each spikelet consists of a spikelet bract, a perianth scale (squamella), a rhachilla (in a few species) and a flower. The squamella is often conspicuous and petal-like and sometimes encloses the flower, the nutlet and squamella falling together. Stamens 1-3(-5). Ovary with 2-3 stigmas. Nutlet minutely papillose.

Worldwide: c. 20 species, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa; 1 in Madagascar and S America and 2 extending to Indo-China

Zambia: 12 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
ampullacea J. Raynal[DD]
capensis (Kunth) Ridl.Nw,Cb,N,Mc,E,C,S,WDescription, Image
densa Goetgh.N,SMc,SDescription, Image
fibrillosa Goetgh.
lineariglumis Lye var. lineariglumis [LR-lc]SSDescription, Image
lineariglumis Lye var. pulcherrima Lye[End][DD]N,SN,SDescription, Image
majestuosa P.A.Duvign. & G.LĂ©onard[DD]
pinguis C.B. Clarke
protea Welw. var. bellidiflora (Welw.) LyeNw,Cb,N,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
pseudopeteri Goetgh.[End][DD]WNwImage
pusilla Ridl.[DD]B,N,W,C,SNw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,C,S,WDescription, Image
trigona Goetgh.[End][DD]N,WNw,NImage

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Flora of Caprivi: Ascolepis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ascolepis
Flora of Malawi: Ascolepis
Flora of Mozambique: Ascolepis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ascolepis

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Ascolepis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=265, retrieved 4 March 2024

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