Carex indica

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Carex indica


Leaves subcoriaceous, mostly basal but some higher on the stem, as long as or longer than the stems, linear, long-attenuate, flat or with slightly revolute margins, scabrid on the margins and the nerves above, 5-15 mm wide; Inflorescence a decompound, erect, interrupted panicle occupying the upper half of the stem;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; India present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present); Thailand (Thailand present), Australasia: Queensland (Queensland present), Burma present, Carolines present, Ceylon present, Fiji Is present, Luzon present, New Caledonia present, Palawan present, S. China present, SE. & N. Celebes present, Samar present, Solomon Is present, W. Java present
Widely distributed, from Ceylon and India through Burma, Thailand, Indo-China and S. China to Queensland, New Caledonia, Carolines, Solomon Is. and Fiji Is.; in Malesia: Malay Peninsula, W. Java (only once collected near Tjikoya by Zollinger), Borneo, SE. & N. Celebes (2 collections), Philippines (Luzon, Samar, Palawan), New Guinea.


Very variable, especially in the length of the awns on bracteoles and glumes. When , says that in C. indica the glumes gradually taper to the cuspidate apex without any conspicuous awn, in contradistinction to the Micronesian C. fuirenoides Gaudich. with truncate or shallowly emarginate glumes with a long, scabrous awn, he cannot have had true C. indica before him.
Segregation of C. dietrichiae (= C. indica var. laetebrunnea) on account of the darker glumes appears to be impossible. See Raymond 1959, l.c., who is in all probability right in supposing that in general Nelmes referred young plants to C. indica, and those with mature fruits, in which the glumes have often become darker, to C. dietrichiae.


Camus 1912 – In: Fl. Gen. I.-C.: 187
Boeck. 1955 – In: Kew Bull.: 303
Clarke 1904 – In: J. Linn. Soc. Bot.: 8
Clarke 1907 – In: Philip. J. Sc.: Bot. 107
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip.: 138
Kuk. 1909: p. 262. – In: Pfl. R. Heft: f. 40
Steud. 1855 – In: Syn.: 207
Kern 1968 – In: Back. & Bakh.f., Fl. Java 3: 492
Linne 1904 – In: J. Linn. Soc. Bot.: 8
S. T. Blake 1947 – In: J. Arn. Arb.: 102
Raym. 1959 – In: Mem. Jard. Bot. Montreal: 42
Ridl. 1907 – In: Mat. Fl. Mal. Pen. (Monoc.): 117
Boeck. 1876 – In: Linnaea: 350
Miq. 1856 – In: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 350
Linne 1965 – In: Dansk Bot. Ark.: 253
Ridl. 1925 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen.: 185
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip.: 138
Kuk. 1909 – In: Pfl. R. Heft: 287
Nelmes 1951 – In: Reinwardtia: 271
Nelmes 1951 – In: Reinwardtia: 273
Boeck. 1876 – In: Linnaea: 347
Clarke 1894 – In: Fl. Br. Ind.: 714
Miq. 1856 – In: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 350
Boott 1860: p. 87. – In: Ill.: t. 250-254