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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central Nigeria, SW. Ethiopia to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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

Type
Type: Malawi, Zomba, Whyte s.n. (K, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, up to 48 cm tall, with a horizontal somewhat moniliform rhizome.
Morphology Culms
Culms few, 15–47 cm long, 0.7–1.3 mm wide, trigonous, minutely but densely hairy
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 21.5 cm long, up to halfway on the culm. Leaf sheath pale green, 2.5–10.5 cm long. Leaf blade linear, flat, rather stiff, 1–11 cm long, 3.1–4 mm wide, densely hairy on upper surface, apex acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, spreading to reflexed, 2–3, lowermost 1.5–6 cm long, 3–4.2 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate, globose, with a single spike 7–9 mm long, 8–10 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets many per inflorescence, lanceolate, 3.2–5.5 mm long, 1–1.3 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dirty white to yellowish, lanceolate, 3.1–4.2 mm long, 1.7–2 mm wide, keel with many veins on either side, apex (long) acuminate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 2.2–4.1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 0.9–1.1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet almost black, obovoid, trigonous to triquetrous, 1.9–2.1 mm long, 0.9–1 mm wide, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Grassland and wooded grassland: 900–2000 m
Conservation
Least Concern (LC); although rare in the Flora area, outside the area it is widespread and it has a common habitat.
Distribution
Flora districts: K3 T4 T7 T8 Range: Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cyperus albopilosus (C.B.Clarke) Kük. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Whyte [s.n.], Malawi K000362622
May 28, 1897 Whyte [s.n.], Malawi Mariscus albopilosus K000362656

First published in Bot. Not. 1934: 69 (1934)

Accepted by

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S., & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: i-xxviii, 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bot. Notis. 1934: 69 (1934)
  • Fl. Eth. 6: 466 (1997).
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 217, figs. 438, 439 (1983)

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