Scleria flexuosa Boeckeler

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Scleria flexuosa

Kasama, Misamfu
Record: EA Robinson
Feb 1961
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria flexuosa

Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria flexuosa

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria flexuosa

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria flexuosa

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Synonyms: Scleria dieterlenii Turrill
Scleria lateritica Nelmes
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial, although can be mistaken for an annual if the fragile rhizome connecting the stem to the tuber is broken. Plant 15─25 cm tall with a simple tuber 8─12 mm long, 4─8 mm wide; rhizome 2─4 cm long, ± 1mm thick; stems erect, glabrous or hairy. Inflorescence usually spicate, occasionally with short branches in the lower half; glomerules crowded.
Type location:
Notes: The taxonomic status is still unsettled.
Derivation of specific name: flexuosa: zigzag, much bent (probably referring to the stem)
Habitat: Exposed rock faces, shallow pockets of soil.
Altitude range: 1200 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional:Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Global: West Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Lesotho.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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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 dieterlenii

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

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32. As Scleria dieterlenii

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 387.

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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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 flexuosa., retrieved 4 December 2023

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