Eleocharis variegata (Poir.) C. Presl

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Eleocharis variegata

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Eleocharis variegata

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Eleocharis variegata

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial with culms crowded in small tussocks, on a thick horizontal, or sometimes erect rhizome, culms rounded, or slightly angled, sometimes twisted. Sheaths ending in a triangular lobe. Nutlet finely ribbed and reticulate between ribs.
Type location:
Notes: Red data list status: Widespread, least concern
Derivation of specific name: variegata: irregularly coloured, blotched
Habitat: Swamps, lake shores, in stagnant or flowing water.
Altitude range: 750 - 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, Indian Ocean islands
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,Mc
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 4 July 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 40 - 41.

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 variegata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111140, retrieved 21 April 2024

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