Scleria woodii C.B.Clarke
var. woodii Napper

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Scleria woodii var. woodii

Choma E 9 miles, dambo
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria woodii var. woodii

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

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Status: Native
Perennial 25-75 cm tall, arising from a single obliquely descending scented white or pink soft tuberous rhizome, which eventually produces a new plant at its tip, up to 10 cm from its parent which subsequently dies after flowering; internodes slightly swollen. Inflorescence a simple or compound panicle, with 10-30 glomerules of (1-)2-6 spikelets; glumes pale to blackish-brown.
Nutlets grey with darker longitudinal stripes, ovoid to globose.Nutlet strongly tuberculate or with transverse ridges; inflorescence with several simple branches from the lower clusters.
Type location:
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Seasonally damp or inundated grasslands, old termite mounds.
Altitude range: 900 - 2050 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 6 April 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. as Scleria woodii

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32. As Scleria woodii

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. as Scleria woodii

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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 woodii var. woodii., retrieved 7 June 2023

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