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Nemum spadiceum (Lam.) Desv. ex Ham.
Information on the genus : Nemum
Basionym : Eriocaulon spadiceum Lam.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Scirpus spadiceus (Lam.) Boeckeler
 Eriocaulon spadiceum Lam.
 Nemum spadiceum (Lam.) Desv. ex Ham. subsp. spadiceum
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Nemum parviflorum Lye (1989)
=Scirpus angolensis var. briziformis (Hutch.) S.S. Hooper
=Scirpus briziformis Hutch.
Taxon infra-specific
Nemum spadiceum (Lam.) Desv. ex Ham. subsp. spadiceum
Nemum spadiceum subsp. spadolense Larridon & Goetgh. (2008)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tufted annual herb; culms 10-20-30 cm long, 0,2-0,6-0,9 mm Ø; leaves to 20-30 cm long, c. 0,25-0,5 mm wide, basal, spirally arranged, ± involute, eligulate; sheath orifice with a bundle of long pale hairs; with a single spikelet on each culm, spikelet cylindrical-ovoid, with many (pale) reddish-brown, spirally arranged glumes (1,5-3,5-4x0,5-2 mm).
Ecology : Ephemeral wetlands (marshes, flooded areas, wet grasslands); sandy, rocky or laterite soil; inselbergs (Porembski & Brown in Candollea 50: 359, 1995); 350-1850 m alt
  Note: The illustrations figuring in: Lye, Bot. Not. 126: 328, 1973; Lye, Lidia 2: 36, 1989; Haines & Lye, Sedges & rushes E. Afr.: 130, 1983, are all drawn from specimen Robinson s. n. (Zambia, Kasama). As Larridon & al. (Belg. J. Bot. 141: 173, 2009) already pointed out, this drawing is based on a specimen of N. angolense.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:53 (2012)

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Adansonia, sér. 2 13: 148 (1973).

Bibliography other :
  • Belg. J. Bot. 141(2): 169 (2008)
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