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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Tanzania, Madagascar.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Type
Type: Kenya, mainland near Mombasa, Hildebrandt 2044 (B†, holo.; K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Loosely tufted annual 30–60 cm tall with red roots.
Morphology Stem
Stems 1–3 mm wide
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 30 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, slightly scabrid on margins and midrib towards the apex.
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Sheath glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of one terminal and 2–4 lateral panicles, single or in pairs at each node.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peducles stout, erect, and when in pairs very unequal; male spikelets light brown, 4–6 mm long, the pedicels 1–3(–5) mm long; female glumes pale with reddish streaks or patches, 5–6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet whitish, cylindric to oblong, bluntly trigonous, 3.5–4 mm long, 2.5–2.6 mm wide, with a rounded or minutely apiculate apex, almost smooth to slightly wrinkled or pitted, glabrous; hypogonium dark reddish brown above, obscurely 3-lobed.
Ecology
Grassland on black cracking soil, weed in cultivation, grassland bordering lowland forest; 30–215 m
Distribution
Flora districts: K7 T6 T8 Range: Madagascar

Native to:

Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania

Scleria hildebrandtii Boeckeler appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 1890 Hildebrandt, J.M. [2044], Uganda K000363308 Unknown type material

First published in Flora 63: 454 (1880)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Durand & Schinz., Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 671 (1895)
  • F.T.A. 8: 505 (1902)
  • Flora 63: 454 (1880)
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 350, f. 724 (1983).
  • Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24 (109): 29 (1964)
  • K.B. 11: 109 (1956)
  • Kirkia 2: 188 (1961)
  • Opera Bot. 59: 96 (1980)
  • P.O.A. C: 129 (1895)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0