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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Malawi.

[FTEA]

Eriocaulaceae, Sylvia Phillips. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1997

Morphology General Habit
Slender rosulate annual.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves broadly linear, 1.5–3.5 cm. long, 1–3 mm. wide, fenestrate, subacute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scapes up to ± 15, 6–17 cm. high, much taller than the small basal rosette of leaves, 4–5-ribbed; sheaths equalling the leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitulum depressed-globose, 4–5 mm. diameter, brownish grey to dark grey with a slight sheen, glabrous, the bracts loose and untidy, the flowers visible between; involucral bracts as wide as the capitulum, yellowish grey, scarious, 2.0 mm. long, narrowly obovate, obtuse and sometimes minutely denticulate, reflexing at maturity; floral bracts resembling the involucral but narrower, cuneate-oblanceolate, shallowly incurving, obtuse and minutely denticulate, the inner acute; receptacle villous; flowers trimerous, 1.5–1.7 mm. long, glabrous.
sex Male
Male flowers:sepals connate into a thinly scarious, grey spathe with free tips, the spathe wide open, only the margins inturned, tips truncate-denticulate; petals very small, included within the calyx, eglandular; anthers black.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers:sepals oblong with truncate-denticulate tips, laterals lightly keeled, the median similar but slightly narrower; all petals longer than the sepals, narrowly oblanceolate-oblong, eglandular, the median emarginate, laterals bidentate; ovary sessile. Male flowers:sepals connate into a thinly scarious, grey spathe with free tips, the spathe wide open, only the margins inturned, tips truncate-denticulate; petals very small, included within the calyx, eglandular; anthers black.
sex Female
Female flowers:sepals oblong with truncate-denticulate tips, laterals lightly keeled, the median similar but slightly narrower; all petals longer than the sepals, narrowly oblanceolate-oblong, eglandular, the median emarginate, laterals bidentate; ovary sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ellipsoid, 0.4 mm. long, brown with white-papillose reticulations.
Habitat
Seepage in Brachystegia woodland; ± 275 m.
Distribution
T6

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Eriocaulon selousii S.M.Phillips appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1996 Vollesen, K. [2896], Tanzania K000346136 Unknown type material

First published in Kew Bull. 52: 60 (1997)

Accepted by

  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2010). Flora Zambesiaca 13(4): 1-151. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2010). Flora Zambesiaca 13(4): 1-151. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • S.M. Phillips in Kew Bulletin 52: 60, fig. 2E–F (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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