Lipocarpha nana (A. Rich.) Cherm.

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Lipocarpha nana

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Lipocarpha nana

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Lipocarpha nana

Photo: Bart Wursten

Lipocarpha nana

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Fuirena nana A. Rich.
Lipocarpha pulcherrima Ridl.
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Status: Native
Tufted annual sedge with somewhat flattened stems up to 40 cm high. Leaves pale green, 2-8 cm long and c. 1.2 mm wide, slightly channeled; sheaths reddish-purple near the base. Bracts 2-3, green up to 6 cm long. Inflorescence terminal with 1-4 (mostly 3) ovoid spikelets, 2-8 mm long. Spikelet bracts dark brown to blackish with a long, recurved spine-like apical tip.
Notes: Although references or specimens have been seen yet, this widespread species very likely occurs in Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: nana: dwarf, little
Habitat: In seepage areas on rock, seasonally wet grassland and moist depressions in woodland or along roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa and Madagascar,
Mozambique distribution: ?
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Content last updated: Thursday 22 December 2011

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 123 - 124. (Includes a picture).

Haines, R.W. & Lye, K. (1983). The Sedges and Rushes of East Africa East African Natural History Society, Nairobi, Kenya Pages 298 - 299. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 350 - 352. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 88.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 111.

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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: Species information: Lipocarpha nana., retrieved 31 March 2023

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