Scleria welwitschii C.B. Clarke

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Scleria welwitschii

Chishimba Falls
Record: WL Astle
Dec 1961
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria welwitschii

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Oct 2012
Photo: Lari Merrett

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Synonyms: Scleria junciformis Ridl.
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Status: Native
Slender perennial 0.3-1 m tall, with a straight woody rhizome, bearing weakly erect stems. Inflorescences sparingly branched, lax and drooping at maturity with glomerules of 2-6 spikelets.
Type location:
Notes: EA Robinson: "the Nyika Plateau, and the Northern and Central Provinces of Zambia where it is not uncommon in suitable localities."
Red data list status: Widespread, least concern
Derivation of specific name: welwitschii: named after the Austrian botanist, Friedrich Martin Welwitsch (1806-1872)
Habitat: Perennial bogs and seasonally wet grasslands.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Mc,S
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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 305.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 186.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 388.

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.

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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 welwitschii., retrieved 28 November 2023

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