Scleria pooides Ridl.

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Scleria pooides

Chakwenga Headwaters
Record: EA Robinson
Oct 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria pooides

Mkushi District, Fiwila
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1958
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria pooides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Oct 2012
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria pooides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Oct 2012
Photo: Lari Merret

Scleria pooides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Oct 2012
Photo: Lari Merret

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Synonyms: Scleria multispiculata Boeck. (Type: Malawi)
Scleria prophyllata Nelmes (Type: Angola)
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Slender glabrous tufted perennial 30─80 cm tall, or with short creeping rhizome. Inflorescence a spreading compound panicle 3-15(-20) cm long, the branches slender, compound; spikelets dark red axillary and pedicellate, up to 170 on one stem 3-4(-5) mm long; glumes arranged ± distichously in the spikelet.
Type location:
Notes: Zambian distribution:"Common in the Northern and Central Provinces of Zambia; also recorded from Mwinilunga . ."
Derivation of specific name: pooides: resembling grass
Habitat: Perennially damp grassland and swamp
Altitude range: 900 - 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Global distribution: Nigeria, D.R. Congo, Angola, Madagascar
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,Mc,C,Lk
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. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

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

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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 pooides., retrieved 29 September 2023

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