African Plant Database

Mariscus laxiflorus Turrill
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 171 (1914)
Information on the genus : Mariscus
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyperus turrillii Kük. (1931)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb with short creeping rhizome; culms rather crowded, 30-50 cm long, 1-2,1 mm Ø, basal part bulbous (6-8 mm Ø), trigonous, glabrous; leaf sheath grey to pale reddish-brown, only at very base torn into fibres, 4-7,5 cm long; blade flat, linear,
Ecology : Brachystegia woodland on sand; 800-900 m alt.
  Recognised by its lax-flowered spikelets and by the spikes which have rather few reflexed spikelets.
  Namibia, Botswana; Zaire ?

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Pflanzenr. (Engler) 4,20,101: 467 (1936)
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 71 (1985).
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