Schoenoplectiella senegalensis (Steud.) Lye

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Schoenoplectiella senegalensis

Kafue Fisheries
Apr 1993
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Schoenoplectiella senegalensis

Lazy-J Farm
Mar 1993
Photo: Mike Bingham

Schoenoplectiella senegalensis

Lazy-J Farm
Mar 1993
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Isolepis senegalensis Steud.
Schoenoplectus senegalensis (Steud.) Palla
Scirpus jacobi (C.E.C. Fisch.)Lye
Scirpus jacobi C.E.C.Fischer
Scirpus praelongatus auct.
Scirpus praelongatus Poir.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial with shallow root system; stems many, tufted, bright green, 1-30 cm long, topped by an erect inflorescence bract 5-30 cm long. Leaves absent; leaf sheaths pale brown ending in an acute triangular lobe. Inflorescence a dense apparently lateral cluster of 1-25 sessile spikelets; main inflorescence bract stem-like. Perianth absent. Nutlet dark brown, obovoid, sharply 3-angled, strongly transversely wrinkled on the flat sides, but not on edges.
Type location:
Notes: “Limits between S. senegalensis and S. articulatus are not clearly defined.” Gordon-Gray.
Red data list status: Widespread: Least concern
Derivation of specific name: senegalensis: of Senegal
Habitat: Temporary pools, floodplains, gilgai depressions in self-tilling soils, weed in old rice fields
Altitude range: 200 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa, from Egypt to South Africa; Mascarene Islands, India, Far East and Australia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
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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 Pages 37 - 39. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 160 - 162. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 552. as Schoenoplectiella senegalensis (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 31 - 32. (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 89.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 121.

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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: Schoenoplectiella senegalensis., retrieved 7 February 2023

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