Lipocarpha comosa J. Raynal

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Lipocarpha comosa

Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch)
Jan 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha comosa

Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch)
Jan 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha comosa

Jan 1997
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Fairly widespread
Status: Native
Perennial; rhizome covered by small red-brown cataphylls; stem 11-55 cm tall, obscurely triangular. Inflorescence a spherical head of confluent spikes. Spikelet bracts dark purple to violet, forming a dark centre to the inflorescence, with long white (cream) apices.
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Notes: Conservation status: Fairly widespread, but apparently known from few identified records. Probably not threatened.
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Habitat: Miombo woodland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2250 m
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Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi; also in D.R.C., Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk
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Content last updated: Friday 13 January 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 301. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 347 - 348.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lipocarpha comosa., retrieved 24 April 2024

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