Abildgaardia ovata

(Burman f.) Kral

Sida 4: 72. 1971

Basionyms: Carex ovata Burman f. Fl. Indica, 194 [as “294”]. 1768
Synonyms: Abildgaardia monostachya (Linnaeus) Vahl Cyperus monostachyos Linnaeus Fimbristylis monostachya (Linnaeus) Hasskarl Fimbristylis ovata (Burman f.) J. Kern Iriha monostachya (Linnaeus) Kuntze
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 137. Mentioned on page 135.
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Illustrator: Barbara Alongi
Herbs, bulbous-based, (5–)10–50(–70) cm. Culms erect to radiately spreading, leafy at base, most of length a scape; scape glabrous, wiry, 0.5 mm diam. Leaves: proximal leaves persistent as fibrous scales; principal leaves at least 1/2 as long as scapes; sheaths open, broad-based, shorter than blades, margins pale or brown, scarious, forming broad auricle at junction with blade; blades filiform, to 1 mm, margins incrassate, glabrous or scabridulous, apex acute to blunt, scabrid; abaxial surfaces convex, coarsely ribbed, adaxial flat or concave. Spikelets commonly 1, less often 2(–3) in simple monochasium or dichasium, lance-ovoid, 10–15 mm, glabrous, acute; scales at least 10, ovate, curvate-keeled, proximal 1–4 bracteal, at least proximalmost with strong cusp, the rest fertile, apex shortacuminate or acute, mucronate to apiculate; stamens 1–3; anthers 3–4 mm. Achenes pale, 2.5–3 mm; body nearly globose, pebbly. 2n = 20.

Phenology: Fruiting all year.
Habitat: Rocky, gravelly savanna, solution pockets in limerock
Elevation: 0–50 m


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Bermuda, Central America, South America, Eurasia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Pacific Islands, Australia.




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