Lipocarpha hemisphaerica (Roth) Goetgh.

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Lipocarpha hemisphaerica

Lusaka East, dambo
Record: EA Robinson
May 1958
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha hemisphaerica

Namwala, Baambwe
Record: HJ van Rensburg
Apr 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Lipocarpha isolepis (Nees) R.W. Haines
Lipocarpha monocephala Turrill
Scirpus isolepis (Nees) Boeck.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Tufted annual; roots thin, reddish; stems 2─15(─25) cm tall, 0.2─0.5 mm across. Leaves usually 1 per stem, pale green, filiform. Involucral bract 1, erect, to 10(─16) cm long. Inflorescence pseudolateral with a single globose to ovoid spikelet; spikelet bracts dark brown to red-brown.
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Derivation of specific name: hemi means "half" and sphaer means "a ball" or "globular." (from Greek)
Habitat: Shallow soil over rock pavements, swamp margins, seasonally inundated grassland, rice fields. Occurs in small colonies.
Altitude range: 450 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal and Ethiopia to South Africa; India, Thailand
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 22 May 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 122.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 348. Illustration on page 349 (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 88. As Lipocarpha isolepis

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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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lipocarpha hemisphaerica., retrieved 30 September 2023

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