Xyris rhodolepis (Malme) Lock

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

Xyridaceae, J. M. Lock, M.A., Ph.D. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1999

Morphology General Habit
Small tufted perennial.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–5(–8) cm. long, 1 mm. wide; sheaths brown, rugulose, appressed-rufous-pilose at the extreme base, ciliate on the margins and irregularly ciliate on the 2 dorsal ridges; lamina linear, flattened, rugulose throughout; apex acute, solid, smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Peduncles 14–30 cm. long, terete, smooth, glabrous; spike obovoid, 5–6 mm. long, dark red-brown; outer sterile bracts elliptic, ± 4 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, red- brown, apex obtuse, with a single strong nerve, inner similar but thinner and 3-nerved; fertile bracts similar but broader and thinner, often papillose towards the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Lateral sepals ± 4 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, strongly keeled, the keel irregularly ciliate-toothed, the teeth below the middle often directed downwards, red-brown, the keel darker; apex apiculate; corolla-lobes broadly obovate, ± 3.5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments ± 0.5 mm. long; anthers ± 1 mm. long; staminodes a bunch of hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style trifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ellipsoid to ovoid, 0.5 mm. long, 0.25 mm. in diameter, with ± 12 longitudinal ridges.
Figures
Fig. 1/10.
Habitat
Moist grasslands; ± 1200 m.
Distribution
T8

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Xyris rhodolepis (Malme) Lock appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 53: 886 (1998)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2010). Flora Zambesiaca 13(4): 1-151. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lock in Kew Bulletin 53: 886 (1998).

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. 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