Scleria dregeana Kunth

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Scleria dregeana

Chakwenga Headwaters
permanently wet dambo
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1964
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria dregeana

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria dregeana

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria dregeana

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Tufted perennial, sometimes with a rhizome 1─2 mm thick bearing crowded slender culms 0.2─1 m tall. Leaves 1─2 mm wide, glabrous or slightly hairy. Inflorescences 3─10 cm long, simply spicate or sparsely to strongly branched, the branches 3─5 cm long, glomerules close-set of 2─9 blackish spikelets.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: Altitude range: 800-1900 m (but Gordon-Gray includes “coast”)
Derivation of specific name: dregeana: after Johann Francis Drege who collected in South Africa’s Cape Province, 1826-34.
Habitat: Perennially wet grassland, peat bog.
Altitude range: 800 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Global: tropical and sub-tropical Africa extending southward to South Africa and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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.

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 Page 183.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 389 - 390.

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: Scleria dregeana., retrieved 21 April 2024

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