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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to Tanzania, S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: South Africa, Cape of Good Hope, Drège 7384 (B!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Short-lived perennial, 12–50 cm tall, with long rhizome or long slender stolons, easily broken off during collecting.
Morphology Culms
Culms tufted, 10–50 cm long, 0.6–1.4 mm wide, 3-angled to almost terete, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blade linear, slightly channelled, 7–30 cm long, 1.6–3 mm wide, scabrid near the very apex only Leaf sheath pale redbrown, 2–4.5 cm long. Leaves up to 30 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, usually reflexed, 2–5, lowermost 3–15 cm long, to 3.5 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence dark red, of a cylindric central spike and 1–3 smaller lateral ones, rarely a single one, to 10 mm long and 5–6 mm across and sometimes 1–2 stalked for 15 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets many, oblong-ovoid, 2–3 mm long, 1–1.3 mm wide, 2–3-flowered, all bisexual.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark brown to redbrown or blackish, with green keel, ovate, 2–3 mm long, glabrous or with a few spines, apex mucronate and slightly recurved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens yellow, 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments to 3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 1.3–1.4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet pale (immature?), ellipsoid and flattened, 0.8 mm long, 0.4–0.5 mm wide, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Sesaonally swampy grassland, seepage zone on rock, black clay soils, streamsides; 1350–3400 m
Conservation
Least concern (LC)
Note
Lye in Fl. Eth. 6: 472, fig. 212.125 (1997) uses the names Cyperus bracheilema (Steud.) Mattf. & Kük. [ Kyllinga bracheilema Steud. (1842)] for this taxon. The type for this taxon is from Ethiopia, and the name is more recent than K. pulchella. " C. transitorius was distinct, according to the protologue, in the few stalked spikes, otherwise like teneristolon/pulchellus; several ‘mixed ‘ collections exist, e.g. Verdcourt 493 and Bogdan 3023b, both by experienced collectors; I think this proves the condition can vary within the population.
Distribution
Flora districts: K2 K3 K4 K 6T1 T2 T3 T5 Range: Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Africa

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Provinces, Sudan, Tanzania

Cyperus bracheilema (Steud.) Mattf. & Kük. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 1, 1887 Drege [7384], South Africa Kyllinga pulchella K000416346
Mar 1, 1887 Drege [7384], South Africa Kyllinga pulchella K000416347
Schimper [1371], Ethiopia Kyllinga pulchella K000416288
Schlechter, F.R.R. [6578], South Africa Kyllinga pulchella K000416344
Flanagan, H.G. [1261], South Africa Kyllinga pulchella K000416345
Rehmann, A. [5620], South Africa Kyllinga pulchella K000416348

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 20(101): 576 (1936)

Not accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Kyllinga pulchella.]
  • 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 pulchella.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga pulchella.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

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