Scleria longispiculata Nelmes

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Scleria longispiculata

40 km north of Kabwe
Record: EA Robinson
Apr 1961
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Frequency: Widely distributed:
Status: Native
Stout rhizomatous perennial 0.6-1.2 m tall, with a creeping woody rhizome 4-6 mm wide, producing erect stems at 0.5-2 cm intervals, stem bases slightly swollen. Leaves hairy or hispid. Inflorescences simply spicate 5-10 cm long with many glomerules 1-2 cm apart each of 2-6 greenish or pale brown spikelets; glumes brown with green midrib. Nutlet 3.5-4.5mm long and at least 2 mm thick.
Type location:
Notes: Red data list status: Few records though widely distributed: Data Deficient
Derivation of specific name: longispiculata: refers to the long spicules/spikes?
Habitat: Sandy ground in Brachystegia-Uapaca woodland
Altitude range: 900 - 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,W
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 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 Page 388.

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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 longispiculata., retrieved 4 December 2023

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