Scleria schimperiana Boeckeler

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Scleria schimperiana

Mapanza, Pangama dambo
Record: EA Robinson
Apr 1958
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria schimperiana

Lusaka, Munali School
Record: EA Robinson
Apr 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Status: Native
Loosely tufted annual 35-70 cm tall, with a shallow reddish root system; stems 1-3 mm wide, glabrous or hairy above. Inflorescence of one terminal and 1-2 lateral panicles, always solitary from leaf sheaths, 2-5 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, erect or ± pendulous, on slender hairy peduncles up to 8 cm long; male spikelets 4-5 mm long with dark reddish brown glumes; female spikelets (5-)6-8 mm long, the glumes pale or dark reddish brown with green midribs. Nutlets completely smooth and glabrous, wider than long.
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Notes: "In my experience it is always found in association with S. foliosa" EAR.
Red data list status: Widespread, not threatened
Derivation of specific name: schimperiana: although several other persons named Schimper are known in botanical history most species and genera are likely named after Georg Heinrich Wilhelm Schimper (1804-1878) who collected mainly in Ethiopia.
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Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 22 March 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 399.

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 90.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 121.

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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 schimperiana., retrieved 7 December 2023

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