Coleochloa setifera (Ridl.) Gilly

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Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Mark Hyde
Domboshawa

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Mermaids Falls, Aberfoyle

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Mermaids Falls, Aberfoyle

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Coleochloa setifera

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Densely tufted perennial. Culms 10-70 cm × 1-3 mm, sparsely to densely villous. Leaves: lamina usually convolute-cylindric; upper surface glabrous, lower villous. Inflorescence a lax, slender, erect or curved panicle, composed of 1-3 fascicles of spikes; peduncles slender. Spikelets 2-3 mm. Glumes 2-3 mm, pale to dark reddish-brown, glabrous or sometimes hairy on or near the midrib. Nutlet (utricle-like) 3-4 mm, including a 1.5-2 mm beak; basal hairs 2/3 to nearly as long as nutlet.
Notes: This is an unusual-looking Cyperaceae. As well as being confused with Scleria spp, it could be mistaken for a grass or a species of Juncus.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A characteristic species of shallow soil over rocks and rock crevices, very often on granite whalebacks
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern and Southern Africa, Madagascar.
Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 3 October 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 298. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. Pages 375-366, illustrations included (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 76.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coleochloa setifera
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Coleochloa setifera
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Coleochloa setifera
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JSTOR Plant Science: Coleochloa setifera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Coleochloa setifera
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Coleochloa setifera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coleochloa setifera
The Plant List (version 1.1): Coleochloa setifera
Tropicos: Coleochloa setifera


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Coleochloa setifera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111580, retrieved 22 October 2017

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