Eleocharis atropurpurea (Retz.) C. Presl

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Eleocharis atropurpurea

Margins of Kaombe River, above Kundalila Falls
Jun 2010
Photo: M.P.Kennedy

Eleocharis atropurpurea

Record: HJ van Rensburg
Apr 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Eleocharis atropurpurea

Lusaka W, Yieldingtree Farm
May 1993
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Status: Native
Dwarf fragile annual. Culms 1-13 cm tall. Spikelet less than 10 mm long. Perianth bristles 0-5, shorter than the nutlet. Nutlets smooth, shiny black or dark brown when mature, flattened.
Type location:
Notes: Red data list status: Widespread: Least concern
Derivation of specific name: atropurpurea: dark purple
Habitat: Seasonal pools and seeps, flooded grassland, shallow soil over rock pavements, former cultivation
Altitude range: 0 - 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics and subtropics
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 3 July 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 77 - 78.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 44 - 46. (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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eleocharis atropurpurea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111060, retrieved 14 June 2024

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