Bolboschoenus glaucus (Lam.) S.G. Sm.

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Bolboschoenus glaucus

Luombe River
Jun 2011
Photo: K.J. Murphy

Bolboschoenus glaucus

Luambimbe River
Oct 2010
Photo: K.J. Murphy

Bolboschoenus glaucus

Kafue Floodplain
Record: H.J. van Rensburg
Sept 1964
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Bolboschoenus glaucus

Kafue Floodplain
Record: H.J. van Rensburg
Sept 1964
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Bolboschoenus maritimus (L.) Palla
Schoenoplectus maritimus (L.) Lye
Scirpus glaucus Lam.
Scirpus maritimus L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial 0.4─1.2 m tall, with stiff spreading rhizomes, stems many-noded with swollen bases, triangular, glabrous. Inflorescence compound, open with terminal cluster of several sessile spikelets and with small heads of 1─3 sessile spikelets, the heads on unequal branches 1─3 cm long.
Type location:
Notes: This taxon was formerly incorrectly named B. maritimus, which is a northern temperate species.
Safrass project: Probability of occurrence in Zambia: HIGH
Derivation of specific name: glaucus: glaucous
Habitat: Floodplains, seasonally flooded areas, often on black clays.
Altitude range: 10 - 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Africa, Mediterranean to NW India
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 15 June 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 25 - 26. illustration on p, 26 (as B. maritimus). (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 23.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 118.

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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: Bolboschoenus glaucus., retrieved 21 September 2023

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