Schoenoplectus mucronatus (L.) Palla ex Kerner

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Schoenoplectus mucronatus

Chakwenga Headwaters
Record: EA Robinson
Nov 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Scirpus mucronatus L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial with a vertical or horizontal rhizome; stems 3-10, tufted, 40-80 cm tall, sharply 3-angled. Leaves absent, leaf-sheaths pale brown, 4-15 cm long, ending in a triangular apex or a minute mucro. Inflorescence an apparently lateral cluster of 4-25 sessile spikelets; main inflorescence bract similar to stem, usually erect but sometimes at an angle.
Type location:
Notes: “possibly introduced into Africa as a weed of rice fields.”(FTEA)
Derivation of specific name: mucronatus: the presence of a small mucro at the tip of the leaf-sheath.
Habitat: Stream-beds
Altitude range: 1100 - 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in temperate and tropical areas.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Lk
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Content last updated: Thursday 27 July 2017

Browning, J., Gordon-Gray, K.D., Lock, M., Beentje, H., Vollesen, K., Bauters, K., Archer, C., Larridon, I., Xanthos, M., Vorster, P., Bruhl, J., Wilson, K. & Zhang, X. (2020). Cyperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 14 Page 30.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 26 - 28.

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 89.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Schoenoplectus mucronatus., retrieved 24 July 2024

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