Scleria distans Poir.

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Scleria distans

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Synonyms: Scleria hirtella Sw.
Scleria nutans Kunth
Scleria nutans Willd. ex Kunth
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Slender perennial 0.2─1.2 m tall; culms glabrous or hairy, slightly swollen at the base, producing up to 4 stolons. Leaves mostly produced at or near the base of the culm, glabrous to densely hairy; ligule a dense rim of short hairs. Inflorescences spicate, 6─18 cm long, with many reflexed glomerules; glumes reddish brown to black. Nutlet white, obovoid.
Derivation of specific name: distans: standing apart
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Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi.
Global distribution:South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, tropical America.
Botswana distribution:
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Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 183.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 383 - 385. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 121.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Scleria distans., retrieved 30 May 2024

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