Scleria distans Poir.

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Scleria distans

Kasama, Misamfu
Record: A Angus
Apr 1961
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Scleria hirtella Sw.
Scleria nutans Kunth
Scleria nutans Willd. ex Kunth
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Slender perennial 0.2─1.2 m tall; culms glabrous or hairy, slightly swollen at the base, producing up to 4 stolons. Leaves mostly produced at or near the base of the culm, glabrous to densely hairy; ligule a dense rim of short hairs. Inflorescences spicate, 6─18 cm long, with many reflexed glomerules; glumes reddish brown to black. Nutlet white, obovoid.
Type location:
Puerto Rico
Notes: Zambian distribution: "Common in the Northern Province of Zambia; also recorded from Chingola." EAR
Derivation of specific name: distans: standing apart
Habitat: Seasonal and permanently wet grassland, grassy depressions in woodland.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi.
Global distribution:South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, tropical America.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,Mc
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 March 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 183.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 383 - 385. (Includes a picture).

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 distans., retrieved 7 December 2023

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