Scleria racemosa Poir.

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Scleria racemosa

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

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Synonyms: Scleria ciliolata Boeck.
Scleria palmifolia Ridl.
Scleria verrucosa sensu C.B. Clarke p.p.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial 1-3.5(-4) m with razor-sharp basal sheaths and leaf-margins; rhizome creeping horizontal; stems glabrous. Inflorescence of one terminal and 3─6 lateral panicles, single or double at the nodes. Hypogynium margin conspicuously ciliate, the lobes forming a cup holding the base of the nutlet.
Type location:
Notes: Zambian distribution: "Widespread in the wetter parts of Zambia having been recorded from all Provinces except the Southern and Barotseland" EAR
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Habitat: Swampy ground, stream sides, swamp forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1750 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Mc,Lk
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Content last updated: Thursday 23 March 2017

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 78.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Scleria racemosa., retrieved 14 April 2024

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