Rhynchospora candida (Nees) C. B. Clarke

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Rhynchospora candida

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Rhynchospora candida

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Oct 2012
Photo: Lari Merrett

Rhynchospora candida

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Rhynchospora candida

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Dec 2012
Photo: Lari Merret

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Status: Native
Perennial; culms usually solitary on tough creeping stolons. Involucral bract 1, leaf-like. Inflorescence simple to compound, corymbose, 2-6 primary branches; spikelets solitary at the ends of primary and secondary branches. ovoid, with up to 50 glumes; glumes white. Easily recognized by the solitary white spikelets.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: candida: pure glossy white
Habitat: Seasonally wet and permanently flooded grassland
Altitude range: 0 - 1830 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and S. America
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,C,W
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Content last updated: Friday 7 July 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 357.

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, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Rhynchospora candida.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111480, retrieved 24 July 2024

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