Scleria nyasensis C.B. Clarke

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Scleria nyasensis

Luapula Province, Chipili
Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Erect perennial 0.8─1.5 m tall with short reddish-brown rhizome. Culms crowded, with swollen bases, usually joined to form an irregular woody mass up to a meter across. Leaves 2─5 mm wide, glabrous or hairy, with margins and veins sharply scabrid. Inflorescence25-50(-100) cm long overall; lateral panicles usually 3-5 at 2-5 nodes, on slender pendulous glabrous or hairy peduncles exerted up to 20 (30) cm from the sheaths. Nutlets 2.5-3.2 mm long; male spikelets 5-8 mm long.
Type location:
Notes: Zambian distribution: "Central and Northern Provinces" (EAR).Red data list status: Widespread species and habitat: not threatened.
Derivation of specific name: nyasensis: from Nyasaland (Malawi)
Habitat: Permanent swamps
Altitude range: 70 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Global distribution: D.R. Congo, Burundi
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,C
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 March 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.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 406.

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 nyasensis., retrieved 9 December 2023

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