Carex celebica

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Carex celebica


Leaves subbasal, often recurved, longer than the stem, flattish or canaliculate, rigid, scabrid in the upper part, gradually attenuate into a firm point, 1.5-5 mm wide; Inflorescence consisting of 5-15 spikelets, 2-10 cm long.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present; Sumatera (Sumatera present), Carstensz Mts present, G. Leuser present, Mt Ambua present, Mt Giluwe present, Mt Hagen present, Mt Michael present, Mt Piora present, Mt Pokapindjang present, Mt Sarawaket present, Mt Victoria present, Mt Wilhelm present, Owen Stanley Range present, S. Highlands present, SW. Celebes present, Sattelberg present
Malesia: Sumatra (G. Leuser), SW. Celebes (Mt Pokapindjang), New Guinea (W.: Carstensz Mts; NE.: Mt Hagen, Mt Michael, Mt Piora, Mt Wilhelm, Mt Sarawaket, Sattelberg; Papua: S. Highlands, Mt Ambua, Mt Giluwe, Mt Victoria, Owen Stanley Range.


The original descriptions of both Carex celebica and C. constricta were based on dwarfy specimens a few cm tall. Collections recently made in New Guinea have shown that the species can reach a height of 25 cm and the leaves a width of 5 mm. Stout specimens are very similar to 20. C. verticillata, a close ally of C. celebica, but easily distinguished by the long stipitate 4.5-6.5 mm long utricles in the latter.


Kuk. 1951 – In: Reinwardtia: 345
Kuk. – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Btzg: 318
Nelmes 1949: Kew Bull.: 389