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Ascolepis lineariglumis Lye
Protologue : Nord. J. Bot. 2(6): 562 (1983)
Information on the genus : Ascolepis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ascolepis lineariglumis Lye var. lineariglumis (1983)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ascolepis protea var. splendida K. Schum.
Taxon infra-specific
Ascolepis lineariglumis Lye var. lineariglumis (1983)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual or perennial tufted herb; stem bases enclosed in old fibrous leaf sheaths; stems compressed or triangular, 10-50 cm tall, 0,4-1,2 mm wide; leaves 10-25 cm long, c. 1 mm wide, midrib of blade strongly protruding beneath, margin with minutescattered teeth; inflorescence white (bright orange in var. pulcherrima), spherical, 1,5-5 cm Ø; “all glumes about equally long, the apical part very elongated, giving the head a most beautiful appearance” (Adansonia, l.c., p. 281).
Ecology : Moist or boggy grassland; seasonally wet swamps; swampy source near river side; 300-1900 m alt. – Said to be common in S Tanzania.
  Larridon & al. (Phytotaxa 166: 35-36, 2014) include A. lineariglumis, as well as A. elata (See above), in the complex of A. protea and do not combine them under Cyperus as separate species.
  The locality in Angola (Baum 158) is often erroneously situated in Zimbabwe.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 102

Bibliography other :
  • Phytotaxa 166(1): 38 (2014).
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