African Plant Database

Schoenoxiphium Nees
Protologue : Linnaea 7: 531 (1832)
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Distinct from other Cyperaceae by the presence of exclusively unisexual flowers and by the arrangement of the pistillate flowers in single-flowered spikelets that are enclosed by the flask-like spikelet prophyll (utricle or perigynium); Male flower 3-stam
Ecology : Genus of some 20 grasslike species with terminal inflorescence, in E and SW Africa, Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula, with centre of diversity in the E part of southern Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 206 (1995).

Bibliography other :
  • Gehrke, B., Vrijdaghs, A., Smets, E. & A.M. Muasya (2012). Unisexual flowers as a robust synapomorphy in Cariceae (Cyperaceae)? Evidence for bisexual flowers in Schoenoxiphium. S. African J. Bot. 78: 150-158
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see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
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Record n°194720 modified 2008-12-27
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