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Ascolepis elata Welw.
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London 27: 79 (1869) 
Information on the genus : Ascolepis
Statuts nomenclatural : uncertain status
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Ascolepis protea Welw.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ascolepis protea Welw.
=Ascolepis protea Welw. subsp. protea
=Cyperus proteus (Welw.) Bauters (2014)
=Ascolepis lineariglumis var. pulcherrima Lye (1983)
=Ascolepis menonguensis Meneses
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : According to Haines & Lye (l.c.) A. elata “is superficially most similar to A. lineariglumis, but A. elata is a more robust species, with thicker and shorter squamellae [glumes 6-9 mm long] and a much larger nutlet” [1,6-1,8 mm long, 0,5-0,6 mm wide]. On the other hand, Larridon & al. (Phytotaxa 166: 35-36, 2014) include the species in the complex of Ascolepis protea, and do not combine these two names under Cyperus.
Ecology : Type (Welwitsch 1670, Pungo Andongo) from Angola. Meneses (l.c.) considered A. bellidiflora (Welw.) Cherm. [= A. protea subsp. bellidiflora] and A. protea var. splendida K. Schum. in Warburg, Kunene-Sambesi-Exp.: 177, 1903 [= A. lineariglumis] as synonyms
  Specimens from Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Burundi (cf. Fl. W. Trop. Afr., ed. 2, 3/2: 327, 1972) probably belong to A. lineariglumis.
  • Phytotaxa 166(1): 38 (2014).
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