Scleria erythrorrhiza Ridl.

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Scleria erythrorrhiza

Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria erythrorrhiza

Shiwa Ngandu
Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Frequency: Widespread, habitat abundant
Status: Native
Perennial, 0.3─1 m tall, rhizome woody, producing stems at short intervals, usually reddish with reddish roots. Leaves 2─6 mm wide. Inflorescences simply spicate with many glomerules, glumes densely hairy.
Type location:
Notes: Drummond & Cookson collected a specimen after crossing the border into Angola from Liuwa Plains National Park, where it is thus likely to occur.
Red data list status: Widespread, habitat abundant and not under threat: Least concern.
Derivation of specific name: erythrorrhiza: red root
Habitat: Boggy grassland near termite mounds.
Altitude range: 1000 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, Tanzania.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N
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Content last updated: Tuesday 7 March 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 303.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 387 - 388.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Scleria erythrorrhiza., retrieved 4 December 2023

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