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Ascolepis pusilla Ridl.
Information on the genus : Ascolepis
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ascolepis pusilla Ridl. var. pusilla
 Cyperus ascopusillus Goetgh. (2014)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ascolepis pusilla var. microcuspis Lye
=Ascolepis pusilla var. echinata S.S. Hooper
=Ascolepis pusilla var. cylindrica S.S. Hooper
=Lipocarpha multibracteata C.B. Clarke (1894)
Taxon infra-specific
Ascolepis pusilla Ridl. var. pusilla
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual herb; stems slender, 1-25 cm tall, 0,3-0,6 mm Ø, triangular or rounded with deep furrows; leaves 1-2 at base, 2-8 cm long, 0,5-1 mm wide, often with small reddish dots; inflorescence yellowish brown or grey-brown, ellipsoid, 2-6 mm Ø, with usually
Ecology : Fields after the Sorghum harvest; damp pastures; boggy ground; seepage zones in woodland area; a weed in ricefields; hollow in littoral dunes; bare sands temporarily humid; 0-1800 m alt.
  “This plant is exceedingly like the small species of Lipocarpha as L. microcephala…” (C. B. Clarke in Fl. Trop. Afr. 8: 477, 1902). Ascolepis pusilla is the type of Ascolepis [unranked] Pseudolipocarpha C. B. Clarke (o.c.: 474); cf. Reynders & al. in Taxo
  Namibia; introduced in Madagascar; Thailand, Vietnam.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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