African Plant Database

Ascolepis Nees ex Steud.
Protologue : Syn. Pl. Glumac. 2: 105 (1855)
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Ascolepis species have eligulate leaves, capitate inflorescences with 1-few spikes; primary bracts are leaflike, and the spikes have many densely spirally arranged spikelet bracts, much smaller than their spikelet; the nuts are exceptionally small (Cook, Aquat. pl. book, ed. 2: 67, 1996).
Ecology : Genus of 20/21/22 species (cf. Larridon & al. 2014: 35), pantropical but mainly in Africa; two extending to Madagascar, one of them to Thailand, Viet-Nam, Laos; and the other to C. & S. America from Panama, Guyanas S to Argentina (cf. Goetghebeur 1998: 17

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 170 (1995).

Bibliography other :
  • LEBRUN J.P. & A. STORK (2020). Cyperaceae Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 11: 30
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see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
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Record n°188347 modified 2008-12-27
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