Scleria lagoensis Boeckeler

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Scleria lagoensis

Chakwenga Headwaters
Record: EA Robinson
Feb 1964
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Scleria canaliculato-triquetra Boeck.
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Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Robust rhizomatous perennial 0.5-1.8 m tall, stem bases swollen, up to 5 mm wide, forming a shapeless knotty mass. Leaves 5-12 mm wide, usually sharply scabrid on margins and ribs. Inflorescence of one terminal and 3-6 lateral panicles, mostly 2-3 to each node on erect or pendulous peduncles up to 6 cm long. Nutlets smooth, hairy more so towards the base.
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Notes: Zambian distribution: "Recorded from all parts of Zambia except from Barotseland and the Western Province (where no doubt it occurs) . . (Robinson, 1966)”
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Habitat: Grassland, open woodland (munga & miombo)
Altitude range: 750 - 1650 m
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Worldwide distribution: Regional: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Global: tropical Africa to South Africa, Madagascar, Comoro Islands, tropical South America
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 March 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 407 - 408.

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, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Scleria lagoensis., retrieved 6 December 2023

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