Ascolepis densa Goetgh.

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Ascolepis densa

Choma, Siamambo
Record: EA Robinson
Mar 1968
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Ascolepis densa

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Ascolepis densa

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender perennial herb, 10-40 cm tall. Stem base bulbous, with the dark brown or purple remnants of leaf-sheaths. Involucral bracts few, up to 6 cm long. Inflorescence white or cream, globose, 5-8 mm in diameter; spikelets densely spirally imbricate. Apex of glumes acute.
Type location:
Zambia, Choma
Notes: Red data list status: Lower Risk, Least Concern
Derivation of specific name: densa: dense
Habitat: Seasonally waterlogged depressions; miombo woodland
Altitude range: 1400 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,S
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Content last updated: Monday 26 June 2017

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

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

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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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: Ascolepis densa., retrieved 7 December 2023

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