492.000 Rhynchospora Vahl

Description of the genus

Perennial (in ours) leafy herbs. Rhizome short and creeping or rudimentary. Leaves numerous, usually stiff with minute spine-like teeth on the margin, either densely crowded at the base, or well spaced along the stem. Ligule 0 or rudimentary. Inflorescence usually a panicle, frequently the branches ending in corymbs. Spikelets with spirally arranged glumes; usually the lowest 3-5 glumes empty, the upper bisexual and the uppermost male only. Perianth 0 (candida) or consisting of 6 bristles with minute spine-like teeth directed towards apex. Stamens 2-3. Stigmas 2 or style subentire. Nutlet transversely wavy or smooth; base of style persistent as a conic or flattened cap.

Worldwide: c. 250 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially tropical and warm areas of S America

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
holoschoenoides (Rich.) HerterGIDescription, Image
rugosa (Vahl) Gale subsp. brownii (Roem. & Schult.) T.KoyamaMS (other?)

Other sources of information about Rhynchospora:

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Flora of Botswana: Rhynchospora
Flora of Caprivi: Rhynchospora
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Rhynchospora
Flora of Malawi: Rhynchospora
Flora of Zambia: Rhynchospora
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhynchospora

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rhynchospora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rhynchospora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rhynchospora
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rhynchospora
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Rhynchospora
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhynchospora
JSTOR Plant Science: Rhynchospora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rhynchospora
Plants of the World Online: Rhynchospora
Tropicos: Rhynchospora
Wikipedia: Rhynchospora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Rhynchospora.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=288, retrieved 4 December 2023

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