454.000 Ascolepis Nees ex Steud.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves crowded at culm base, lamina often inrolled. Inflorescence a compact head of 1-flowered spikelets surrounded by an involucre of leaves. Each spikelet consists of a spikelet bract, a perianth scale (squamella), a rhachilla (in a few species) and a flower. The squamella is often conspicuous and petal-like and sometimes encloses the flower, the nutlet and squamella falling together. Stamens 1-3(-5). Ovary with 2-3 stigmas. Nutlet minutely papillose.

Worldwide: c. 20 species, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa; 1 in Madagascar and S America and 2 extending to Indo-China

Caprivi: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Ascolepis:

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Flora of Malawi: Ascolepis
Flora of Mozambique: Ascolepis
Flora of Zambia: Ascolepis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ascolepis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ascolepis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ascolepis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ascolepis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ascolepis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ascolepis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ascolepis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Ascolepis.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=265, retrieved 19 April 2018

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