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

Caprivi: 2 taxa.

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longispiculata Nelmes Description, Image
veseyfitzgeraldii E.A. Rob.

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Flora of Botswana: Scleria
Flora of Malawi: Scleria
Flora of Mozambique: Scleria
Flora of Zambia: Scleria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Scleria

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Scleria
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Scleria
Wikipedia: Scleria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Scleria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Scleria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Scleria.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=291, retrieved 19 May 2022

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