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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to W. Tanzania and Namibia.

[FTEA]

Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Type
Type: Congo, Christian Smith s.n.(BM, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, slender, up to 42 cm tall, with a bulbous culm base emitting long slender stolons.
Morphology Culms
Culms solitary, 20–40 cm long, triangular, smooth
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blade linear, 0.5–1 mm wide Leaves few.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, erect to spreading, 2–3, lowermost –10 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate, a single rounded to ovoid head, 4–10 mm in diameter, lanceolate-ellipsoid, ± 3.5 mm long, 2–4-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes straw-coloured to greenish, ovate-lanceolate, ± 2.5 mm long, keel with 7 indistinct veins, apex obtuse to stunted
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 1–1.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet brownish, ellipsoid, flattened, ± 1.2 mm long.
Ecology
No data
Conservation
Least concern (LC)
Note
Haines & Lye state this is distinct in its long slender stolons, narrow leaves and greenish/straw-coloured inflorescence. Related to pulchella but with much paler spikelets.
Distribution
Range: Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana Flora districts: T4

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cyperus albiceps Ridl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Bot. 22: 16 (1884)

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Kyllinga albiceps.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga albiceps.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0