African Plant Database

Ficinia gracilis Schrad.
Protologue : Anal. Cap. Cyp. 44
Information on the genus : Ficinia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Melancranis gracilis (Schrad.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Isolepis lineata Nees
=Ficinia undosa B.L. Burtt (1986)
=Melancranis zeyheri Kuntze
=Ficinia poiretii Kunth (1837)
=Isolepis commutata Nees
=Ficinia gracilis var. commutata (Nees) C.B. Clarke
=Ficinia commutata (Nees) Kunth (1837)
=Scirpus wightianus Boeckeler (1869)
=Isolepis gracilis Nees
=Ficinia tribracteata Boeckeler (1871)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tufted perennial herb with short woody rhizome; culms 15-46 cm long, 0,8-1,1 mm Ø (c. 1,6 mm across the sheath), terete; leaf sheath brown to blackish, 3-7 cm long, glabrous; blade 7-29 cm long, 0,8-1 mm wide, margins scabrid; inflorescence a terminal head of 6-25 spikelets each 3-7 mm long, 1,4-2,5 mm Ø, terete; gynophore absent to well developed.
Ecology : Grassland; moorland; 2400-4500 m al
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Cyperoid, Mesophyte- Ht 0.15 - 0.45 m. Alt: 30 - 2440 m. Distribution: LES, EC, FS, KN, LP, MP

Bibliography other :
  • GORDON-GRAY, K.D. (2008). Studies in Cyperaceae in southern Africa 41: The Ficinia gracilis Schrader complex- An overview. S. African J. Bot. :

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 25[1&2]: 238-239 (1995).
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