Ascolepis brasiliensis (Kunth) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke
  • T.A.Durand & H.Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afric. 5: 651 (1894) 

Notes: Distribution: Trop. Africa, Madagascar, Panama to S. Trop. America

General Description

Stems attaining 2–2 1/2 ft. in length. Spikelets often 3–6 in the head, less fused together than in A. capensis, somewhat cinnamon-coloured. Ovary and nut stalked; otherwise as A. capensis .

Similar in habit to, but somewhat stouter than, A. capensis and in West Africa distinguished by a lobed inflorescence; in marshland.


; in marshland.


Sen.: Niokolo-Koba (Feb.) Adam 17567! Badi (Jan., Dec.) Berhaut 1856! 4735!

Guin.: Konkouré (Mar.) Pitot! 291! Mamou (May) Pitot! Dabola to Faranah (Apr.) Pitot! Hérémakono (Mar.) Sc. Elliot 5243!

Niger Nupe, Barter, 1587!

Iv. C.: Baoulé (Sept.) Pobéguin 110!

Angola Malange, Mechow, 346!

W. Cam.: Bamenda to Ndop, 4,500 ft. (Dec.) Adams GC 11342!

N. Nig.: Mayo Ndaga (Apr.) J. Hall 1761! Kontagora to Auna (Jan.) Meikle 1041! Nupe Barter 1587!

French Guinea Sulimania; Erimakuna, Scott-Elliot, 5243!


in Dur. & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 651 (1895); F.T.A. 8: 478; Berhaut, Fl. Sén. ed. 2, 368 (1967).

in Durand & Schinz, Conspect. Fl. Afr. v. 651.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa South Tropical Africa Angola
  • West Tropical Africa Burkina
  • Guinea
  • Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • West-Central Tropical Africa Cameroon
  • Western Indian Ocean Madagascar
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil North
  • Brazil West-Central
  • Central America Panamá
  • Northern South America Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela
  • Southern South America Argentina Northeast
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay
  • Western South America Bolivia


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 Information From

Flora of West Tropical Africa
Flora of West Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet;
Flora of Tropical Africa
Flora of Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet;
WCS higher taxonomy
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