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Genus: Carex

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Cyperaceae

About 2000 species (cosmopolitan), with 20 species native to southern Africa and four naturalised. In addition, two species (Carex morrowii and Carex oshimensis) are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Carex acocksii


Carex aethiopica


Carex austro-africana


Carex burchelliana


Carex clavata


Carex cognata


Carex conferta

[= Carex lycurus]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Carex echinochloe

[= Carex nyasensis]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Carex ecklonii


Carex glomerabilis


Carex killickii


Carex macrophyllidion

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Carex monotropa


Carex mossii


Carex petitiana

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Carex rhodesiaca

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Carex spicato-paniculata

Carex subinflata


Carex tricholepis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Carex zuluensis


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Carex acutiformis


Carex divisa


Carex ovalis


Carex sylvatica


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Carex morrowii

Native to Japan.


Carex oshimensis



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