515.000 Scleria Bergius

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Culms ± triangular, leafy. Leaves linear to narrowly oblong. Sheaths closed. Spikelets bearing flowers of one or both sexes; the bisexual spikelets with one basal female and 1-few males above; female spikelet with 1 basal female and 1-2 empty scales or none, above; male spikelets with 1-numerous male flowers. Flowers unisexual, solitary in axils of the glumes, the lower 2-4 glumes empty. Perianth bristles 0. Male flowers consisting of 1-3 stamens. Female flowers with 3 stigmas, not enclosed in a utricle. Nutlet often white, grey or ± black, borne on a hypogynium. Hypogynium often triangular, widened out into a simple or 3-lobed disk or (rarely) a cupule or almost 0.

Worldwide: 200 species in tropical and warm regions

Zambia: 62 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
achtenii De Wild. Nw
adpresso-hirta (Kük.) E.A. Rob. Nw,N
adpressohirta (Kük.) E.A.Rob.
angustifolia E.A. Rob.Nw,Cb,N,C
arcuata E.A. Rob. Nw,N
bambariensis Cherm. var. bambariensis B,N,W,SN,Lk,S,W
bambariensis Cherm. var. b of Robinson
bequaertii De Wild. C
bulbifera Hochst. ex A.Rich.B,N,W,C,SNw,Mc,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
calcicola E.A. Rob.W,C,SCb,C,Lk,SDescription
catophylla C.B. ClarkeB,NN,WDescription, Image
chlorocalyx E.A. Rob. Nw,Lp,N
clathrata A.Rich. Cb
delicatula Nelmes Nw,N
distans Poir.N,WNw,Cb,,N,McDescription, Image
dregeana KunthC,SC,Lk,SDescription, Image
erythrorrhiza Ridl. NLp,NDescription, Image
flexuosa BoeckelerN,W,SNw,N,SDescription, Image
foliosa Hochst. ex A.Rich.C,SLk,SDescription, Image
fulvipilosa E.A. Rob. N
glabra Boeck. N,W,C,ENw,Cb,N,E,LkDescription, Image
globonux C.B. Clarke N,SN,SDescription, Image
gracillima Boeck. N,C,S
griegifolia (Ridl.) C.B. ClarkeNLp,NDescription, Image
hispidula A.Rich. Nw,N
induta Turrill Lp,N,W
iostephana Nelmes N,CLp,CDescription, Image
lacustris Sauvalle [DD]NNDescription, Image
lagoensis BoeckelerB,C,SLk,S,WDescription, Image
lateritica Nelmes Nw,Lp,S
laxiflora R. Gross N
lithosperma (L.) Sw. S
longispiculata Nelmes [DD]B,CC,WDescription, Image
lucentinigricans E.A. Rob. N
melanomphala KunthB,N,W,CNw,Lp,N,Mc,Lk,WDescription, Image
melanotricha A. Rich. WNwDescription, Image
mikawana Makino Nw,N
nyasensis C.B. ClarkeN,CLp,CDescription, Image
parvula Steud. N
patula E.A. Rob. Nw
paupercula E.A. Rob.Nw,N,Lk
pergracilis (Nees) KunthN,C,SLk,SDescription, Image
polyrrhiza E.A. Rob. Nw,N
pooides Ridl.N,W,CNw,Lp,C,LkDescription, Image
porphyrocarpa E.A. Rob. Nw,Lp,N
procumbens E.A. Rob. Lp,N
pulchella Ridl. N,Mc
racemosa Poir.N,CN,Mc.LkDescription, Image
rehmannii C.B. ClarkeB,N,C,SLp,N,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
richardsiae E.A. Rob.Mc
schimperiana BoeckelerC,SLk,SDescription, Image
tessellata Willd. var. tessellata CLkDescription
tessellata Willd. var. sphaerocarpa E.A.Rob. Description, Image
tessellata Willd. [Agg]N,W,C,SNw,N,Lk,SDescription
unguiculata E.A. Rob. Nw,Cb,Lp,N
veseyfitzgeraldii E.A. Rob. Cb,N,W
welwitschii C.B. ClarkeN,Mc,C
woodii C.B.Clarke var. woodii NapperC,SDescription, Image
woodii C.B. Clarke var. ornata (Cherm.) W. Schultze-MotelSSImage
woodii C.B. Clarke (1894)[Agg]B,C,SC,S,WDescription
xerophila E.A.Rob. Nw
zambesica E.A.Rob. Nw

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Scleria.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=291, retrieved 25 April 2017

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