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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central & S. Somalia to Kenya.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Type
S3, “Bender Suguma”, Paoli 258 (FT holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Robust tussocky perennial with swollen hard stem bases crowded on a short woody rhizome and covered by brown and pallid sheaths; roots fairly slender and without tomentum
Morphology Stem
Stems 15–50 cm long and 1–3 mm thick, obtusely triangular, smooth
Morphology Leaves
Leaves from the lower 10 cm only, c. 5–8 per stem but with additional infravaginal leafy shoots; upper sheaths prominently whitish, the lower brown; blades 5–20 cm long and 2–3 mm wide, flat or with the scabrid margin inrolled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax anthela c. 4–10 cm in diam. consisting of 1 sessile and 5–10 stalked digitate clusters of spikelets on up to 5 cm long peduncles; involucral bracts erect or spreading, the largest 5–15 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 7–15 x 3–5 mm, ovate with acute apex, prominently compressed, 10–25-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 3–5 mm long, ovate, reddish brown with several slender lateral nerves; midrib green and prominent, excurrent into a 0.5–1 mm long mucro
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with 3 long branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet c. 1.5 mm long, almost rounded, flat and strongly curved with the adaxial side concave and the abaxial side convex, or with 3 concave sides, grey and minutely papillose.
Distribution
C2; S2, 3 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Mostly near sea-level.
Vernacular
Uda leef (Somali).

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Somalia, Baddada, Senni 383! (CSET!, syn.) & Licchitore, Senni 212 (CSET!, syn.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial to 54 cm tall, robust, tussocky, with swollen culm bases, covered in the fibrous remains of old leaf sheaths.
Morphology Culms
Culms tufted, 40–50 cm long, 1.1–2 mm wide, trigonous, smooth
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 27 cm long. Leaf blade linear, flat or sometimes margin inrolled, 6–22 cm long, 1.2–2.5 mm wide, margin scabrid, apex acuminate Leaf sheath pale brownish to almost grey, 3–5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, spreading, 3–5, lowermost 11–17.5 cm long, 1.3–2 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a simple anthela, primary branches 3–5, 1.2–3 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets in digitate clusters, sessile and at the end of primary branches, 5–8 per cluster, lanceolate, 6.8–15 mm long, 2.4–3.2 mm wide, rachis straight.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes reddish-brown, ovate, 4.1–6.4 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, keel green, excurrent, with several slender lateral veins, apex mucronate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 5.2–5.6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet grey, obovoid to almost rounded, flat and strongly curved with adaxial side concave and abaxial side convex, or with 3 concave sides, 2–2.2 mm long, 1.4–1.8 mm wide, minutely papillose.
Ecology
" Commiphora grassland, cultivation edge; ± 1000 m
Conservation
Data deficient, possibly least concern
Note
This species is only known from Somalia and from two locations in our area. The spikelets from the specimen in the Flora area are slightly narrower then those of the collections in Somalia, and the nutlets are slightly bigger.
Distribution
Range: Somalia Flora districts: K4

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia

Cyperus benadirensis Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Somala 2: 434 (1932)

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.
  • 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

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by K. A. Lye [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Somalia 2: 434 (1932)
  • Fl. Somalia 4: 127 (1995).

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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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/
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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