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., 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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Flora of Malawi: Scleria flexuosa
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scleria flexuosa
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Scleria flexuosa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Scleria flexuosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scleria flexuosa
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Scleria flexuosa., retrieved 21 September 2019

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