Scleria calcicola E.A. Rob.

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Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Tufted annual 15─60 cm tall, entirely glabrous except for leaf sheaths sometimes sparsely hairy; stems slender. Inflorescence simply spicate or very shortly branched near the base 2─8(─18) cm long, with many erect or spreading glomerules of 1─3 spikelets, each 4-5 mm long, dark red.
Type location:
Zambia, Ndola
Notes: Robinson described a new species from Ndola naming it S. calcicola. The name has not been accepted and the specimens he cited have been assigned by Kew to S. pulchellaRidley or S. pergracilis. More recently specimens from Lusaka have been assigned to the latter by Sosef. The final answer will require further collecting and research, but in the meantime it seems reasonable to use this name.
“When fresh whole plant smells strongly of Lemon-scented Verbena,“ Robinson
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Seasonally or permanently damp grassland.
Altitude range: 600 - 1700 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Global distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, extending to Angola and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 184.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 395 - 397. (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 89.

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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: Scleria calcicola., retrieved 21 April 2024

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