Scleria natalensis Boeckeler ex C.B.Clarke
  • Fl. Cap.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Scleria natalensis Boeckeler ex C.B.Clarke. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000552056. Accessed on: 23 Feb 2020'

Diagnostic Description

Perennial with evergreen aerial parts.

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    Morphology

    Tufted perennial to 85 cm. Spikelets light brown.

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    Perennial. Rhizome usually with very short internodes little more than the connective between al- most-contiguous culm bases; scales reddish-brown. Culms 0.5-0.85 m tall with bases 2-3(-4) mm thick; glabrous. Leaves 4-11 mm broad, ensiform, glabrous; sheath with mouth produced into a deltoid- rounded tongue 2-5 mm long with a membranous extension 1 mm long. Inflorescence with terminal panicle 25-65 x 15-20 mm and smaller lateral panicles (1-)2-4 per node at 2-3 nodes exserted 30-230 mm from sheaths. Bracts foliaceous, exceeding their panicles, ensiform. Male spikelets sessile or pedicillate, 4-6 mm long; glumes stramineous with fine reddish striae, glabrescent. Female glumes stramineous with reddish striae, with midrib excurrent into an awn c. 1 mm long; 4-5 mm long. Achene subglobose. Obtusely trigonous, 2.5 x 2 mm, glabrous, reticulate- lacunose to tuberculate-lacunose, brownish-white: hypogynium obtusely trilobed, stramineous.

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    Habitat

    Damp places in coastal forests below 300 m.

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    Occurring in seasonally damp open or semi-shaded habitats.

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    Distribution

    Knysna and Humansdorp to KwaZulu-Natal.

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    At low altitudes along coastbelt of Natal and Transkei. Apparently endemic in FSA region.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Archer, C; Muasya, M. 2012. Cyperaceae. 84 - 96. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
    • 2 Fl. Cap.
    • 3 Hennessy, EF. 1985. The genus Scleria in southern Africa. Bothalia 15(3 & 4): 505 - 530.

     Information From

    Cyperaceae
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    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
    • B All Rights Reserved
    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).