Lipocarpha atra Ridl.

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Lipocarpha atra

Lusaka, Munali School
Record: EA Robinson
Apr 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial with culms tufted or with a short, or rarely elongated rhizome; stem almost rounded, 10─65 cm tall. Leaves from near the base only. Involucral bracts 1─3, the largest to 5 cm long. Inflorescence a terminal head of 3─12 ovoid to cylindrical-conical spikes; spikelet bracts dark red-brown with pale green midrib and tip.
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Notes: Red data list status: Widespread : Least Concern
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Habitat: Boggy grassland; seepage in woodland.
Altitude range: 250 - 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 23 May 2017

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 355.

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 88. As Lipocarpha atra var. atra

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 120.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lipocarpha atra., retrieved 29 September 2023

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