Scleria unguiculata E.A.Rob.
  • Kew Bull.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Scleria unguiculata E.A.Rob. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000553217. Accessed on: 17 Feb 2020'

Diagnostic Description

Perennial with evergreen aerial parts. This species is easily confused with S. nyasensis C.B. Cl., which has not been recorded from the FSA region to date, from which it is distinguished by its narrower leaves, by its fewer lateral panicles, by its golden achene-hairs and by its three strongly unguiculate hypogynium lobes. Of the species recorded from the FSA region it most closely resembles S. achtenii from which it is distinguished by its narrower leaves, by its more numerous lateral panicles, by its distinctly tessellate-lacunose, more densely hirsute, golden-haired achenes and by its three strongly unguiculate hypogynium lobes.

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    Morphology

    Perennial. Rhizome usually with very short internodes little more than the connective between almost contiguous, slightly swollen culm bases; scales pale brown. Culms 0.45-1.0(-1.35) m tall, glabrous. Leaves 1.4-5 mm broad, glabrous or sparsely pilose; mouths of sheaths truncate or convex. Inflorescence much elongated; terminal panicle c. 30 mm long; shorter Lateral panicles 2-4(-5) per node at 2-3 nodes on slender, unequally exserted drooping peduncles. Bracts foliaceous. Male spikelets pedicillate, 4-5 mm long with pedicels 1-8(-10) mm long; glumes stramineous or castaneous with green keels, glabrous. Female glumes similar with midrib excurrent into an awn c. 1 mm long; 3.5-4 mm long. Achene ovoid or subglobose, 2.7 x 1.7-1.9 mm. hairy, lightly tessellate-lacunose, grey or light brown, the hairs white or golden: hypogynium with three unguiculate lobes clasping the achene, light brown.

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    Habitat

    Occurring in perennially damp, open areas.

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    Distribution

    In northern Botswana, and recorded from Zambia, Tanzania, Sudan, Central African Republic and Togo Republic.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Hennessy, EF. 1985. The genus Scleria in southern Africa. Bothalia 15(3 & 4): 505 - 530.
    • 2 Kew Bull.

     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).