Carex satzumensis

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Carex satzumensis


Leaves subbasal, rigid, flattish to conduplicate, longer than the stems, often recurved, scabrid on the margins and on the upper surface towards the long-attenuate apex, 2-5 mm wide. Inflorescence simple, spiciform, sometimes slightly branched at the base, cylindrical-conical, acute, 2-8 cm by 1-2½ cm at the base;


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Benguet present, Japan present, Luzon present, Southern America: Argentina Northeast (Formosa present), Tonkin present
Japan, Formosa, Tonkin; in Malesia: Philippines (Luzon: Benguet).


Readily recognizable by its spike-like inflorescence with non-sheathing bracts. Carex nikoensis Franch. & Savat., with slightly larger spikelets in denser spikes and somewhat longer beak of the utricle than in typical C. satzu- mensis, was already reduced to C. satzumensis by Franchet (1896).
The specific epithet is frequently spelt4satsumen- sis\ but the spelling 'satzumensisemployed when the species was validly published, must be retained.
In an abnormal inflorescence of Santos 5776 from Luzon I found in all branches between the fertile cladoprophyll and the normal utricles some deeply split utricles containing one or some flowers besides the $ one, a situation normal in Schoenoxiphium and Kobresia.


Franch. 1896: p. 259. – In: Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris: (t. 4, f. 1 ut C. nikoensis)
Franch. & Savat. 1957 – In: Contr. Inst. Bot. Un. Montreal: 10
Ohwi 1936 – In: Mem. Coll. Sc. Kyoto Imp. Un.: 458
Akiyama 1932: p. 84. – In: J. Fac. Sc. Hokk. Imp. Un.: f. 36
Raym. 1959 – In: Mem. Jard. Bot. Montreal: 52
Yoshikawa 1958: p. 236. – In: Ic. Jap. Carex: t. 118
Franch. & Savat. 1955: Car. Far East. Reg. Asia: 135: t. 121
Franch. & Savat. 1911 – In: Philip. J. Sc.: Bot. 59
Franch. & Savat. 1878 – In: En. Pl. Jap.: 558
Kuk. 1909: p. 252. – In: Pfl. R. Heft: f. 38A-E
Koyama 1955 – In: Nat. Canad.: 197
Franch. & Savat. 1878 – In: En. Pl. Jap.: 558
Nelmes 1951 – In: Reinwardtia: 330
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip.: 140