Carex chlorosaccus C.B.Clarke

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Carex chlorosaccus

Picture: Petra Ballings
Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Carex chlorosaccus

Picture: Petra Ballings
Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Carex chlorosaccus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Carex chlorosaccus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Carex chlorosaccus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Carex echinochloe Kunze var. chlorosaccus (C.B. Clarke) Kük
Carex ramosa K. Schum.
Carex wahlenbergiana Boott
Common names:
Frequency: Very local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial sedge up to 1 m high, forming tussocks from a woody rhizome. Leaves 50-90 cm long and 5-9 mm wide with basal sheaths dark red, scabrid on veins and margin. Inflorescence a slender, much-branched panicle, 8-50 cm long, green; axis and branches pubescent; upper bracts 2 mm long with awn 3-8 mm long; lower bracts leaf-like. Spikelets 6-20 mm long and 3-5 mm wide. Glumes pale green to pale brownish or greyish.
Type location:
Bioko
Notes: Although not cited for Zambia in any literature it is common in the forest patches on the Nyika Plateau in Malawi, including Zovo Chipolo, and it is therefore likely also to be found in the forests on the Zambia side, such as Chowo Forest.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 2000 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Bioko, Eastern DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia (Nyika only)
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 1 July 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 298.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 432 - 433. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Carex chlorosaccus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=227700, retrieved 23 February 2024

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