Scleria welwitschii C.B.Clarke

This species is accepted, and its native range is W. & SW. Tanzania to S. Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Angola, Huilla, Catumba, Welwitsch 7138 (LISU, lecto., BM!, isolecto.) (chosen by Nelmes)
Morphology General Habit
Slender perennial 0.3–1 m tall with a ± straight woody rhizome 3–4 mm wide bearing weakly erect stems spaced at 0.5–1.5 cm intervals
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1.5–3 mm wide, glabrous or hairy, ligulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences sparingly branched, up to 25 cm long with branches to 10 cm long, lax and ± drooping at maturity with glomerules of 2–6 spikelets, each 4.5–7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark chestnut or reddish, 3–4 mm long, longacuminate, glabrous or hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets grey, ovoid to ellipsoid, 1.5–1.8 mm long, 1–1.2 mm wide, not or very shortly apiculate, smooth.
Ecology
Perennial bogs and seasonally wet grassland; 1500–2400 m
Note
SYN. S. junciformis Ridl. in Trans. Linn. Soc., ser. 2, Bot. 2: 168 (1884), non Thwaites, nom. illegit. Possibly not distinct from the Brazilian S. spicata (Spreng.) MacBride.
Distribution
Flora districts: T4 T7 Range: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa

Native to:

Angola, Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Scleria welwitschii C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

First published in T.A.Durand & H.Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afric. 5: 675 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Durand & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 675 (1895)
  • F.T.A. 8: 501 (1902)
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 334, fig. 686 (1983)
  • Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24 (109): 30 (1964)
  • K.B. 10: 423 (1955)
  • K.B. 18: 506 (1966)
  • Rendle, Cat. Afr. Pl. Welw. 2: 133 (1899)
  • Strelitzia 2: 186, fig. 85A (1955).

  • 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