Scleria bulbifera Hochst. ex A.Rich.

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Scleria bulbifera

Lusaka N Park (NW)
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Scleria bulbifera

Protea Hill Farm
Jan 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Scleria bulbifera

Protea Hill Farm
Jan 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Scleria bulbifera

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria bulbifera

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Synonyms: Scleria buchananii Boeck.
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Status: Native
Rhizomatous or stoloniferous perennial 30-90 cm tall; stems somewhat distant to more crowded, with stem bases ± woody, thickened into bulb-like swellings 4-10 mm wide often covered with fibrous remains.
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Notes: The rhizomes are eaten by the Toka people, and by guineafowl and springhare (B.L. Mitchell).
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Habitat: Common in open woodland, grassland which is dry, seasonally wet or permanently boggy.
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal and Ethiopia to South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 4 July 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 303. as Scleria bulbifera bulbifera ( ? beeldnaam) (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 181 - 182. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 386.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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Wikipedia: Scleria bulbifera

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: Scleria bulbifera., retrieved 28 September 2023

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