515.000 Scleria Bergius

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Culms ± triangular, leafy. Leaves linear to narrowly oblong. Sheaths closed. Spikelets bearing flowers of one or both sexes; the bisexual spikelets with one basal female and 1-few males above; female spikelet with 1 basal female and 1-2 empty scales or none, above; male spikelets with 1-numerous male flowers. Flowers unisexual, solitary in axils of the glumes, the lower 2-4 glumes empty. Perianth bristles 0. Male flowers consisting of 1-3 stamens. Female flowers with 3 stigmas, not enclosed in a utricle. Nutlet often white, grey or ± black, borne on a hypogynium. Hypogynium often triangular, widened out into a simple or 3-lobed disk or (rarely) a cupule or almost 0.

Worldwide: 200 species in tropical and warm regions

Mozambique: 19 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
achtenii De Wild. MS(other?)
angusta KunthMS,GI,M
bambariensis Cherm. var. bambariensis MS
bulbifera Hochst. ex A.Rich.Description, Image
catophylla C.B. ClarkeN,ZDescription, Image
distans Poir.NDescription, Image
flexuosa BoeckelerDescription, Image
foliosa Hochst. ex A.Rich.Description, Image
griegifolia (Ridl.) C.B. ClarkeDescription, Image
lagoensis BoeckelerNDescription, Image
melanomphala KunthDescription, Image
nyasensis C.B. ClarkeMSDescription, Image
pachyrrhyncha NelmesMS
pergracilis (Nees) KunthTDescription, Image
poiformis Retz. Z,MS,GI,M
racemosa Poir.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
rehmannii C.B. ClarkeDescription, Image
sobolifer E.F. FranklinM
welwitschii C.B. ClarkeDescription, Image

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Scleria

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: Scleria.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=291, retrieved 23 March 2023

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