Scleria iostephana Nelmes

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Scleria iostephana

Luapula Province, Chipili
Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Scleria iostephana

Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial 0.6-2.1 m tall, the base swollen, forming an irregularly shaped knot. Leaves 30-60 cm long, 5-8 mm wide, scabrid on margins and ribs, sparsely to densely hairy beneath; sheaths hairy. Inflorescence of a terminal and 2-3 lateral panicles placed singly at thenodes. Nutlets more than 1.5 mm wide, glabrous, white or greyish with blackish-blue apex.
Type location:
Notes: Zambian distribution: "Not uncommon . . in the Northern, Central and Western Provinces of Zambia " EAR
Derivation of specific name: iostephana: the name of a person?
Habitat: Evergreen forest, dense or open woodland
Altitude range: 950 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Regional: Zambia;
Global: tropical west and east Africa, D.R. Congo, Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,C
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Content last updated: Friday 10 March 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 409.

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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 iostephana., retrieved 4 December 2023

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