Scleria motleyi subsp. rostrata

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Scleria motleyi subsp. rostrata


Inflorescence and leaf-sheaths often purplish.


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Babuyanes present, Biliran I present, Catanduanes present, Luzon present
Malesia: Philippines (Babuyanes, Luzon, Catanduanes, Biliran I.). .


Typical specimens of this subspecies make the impression of a separate species. As especially the length of the beak of the nut varies considerably, I prefer to treat it as a geographical race of the much more widely distributed S. motleyi.
To judge from the description S. trigona MERR. represents a state of subsp. rostrata with less pronounced beak of the nut.