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This species is accepted, and its native range is South Sudan to S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Mozambique, no locality or date, Peters s.n. (B!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial with short creeping rhizome.
Morphology Culms
Culms densely crowded along the rhizome, 10–50 cm long, 0.8–1.5 mm wide, triangular, glabrous or with a few hairs just below the head, the base slightly bulbous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blades several per culm, very short on basal sheaths, larger higher up, green and often with minute reddish dots, linear, slightly channeled, 10–36 cm long, 1.5–2.6 mm wide, scabrid on margins and midrib Leaf sheath pinkish to purplebrown, 1.5–8 cm long. Leaves up to 36 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaflike, spreading or reflexed, 3–4, lowermost 7–16(–30) cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a single white globose head 4–10 mm across, of one spike.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets many, narrowly ovoid, 1.8–3.8 mm long, 0.5–0.7 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 2, the lower hermaphrodite, the upper male.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes very pale brown with minute reddish dots, narrowly ovate, 2–3.3 mm long, apex acute to obtuse, with several veins on each side
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments to 2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers yellow, 0.8–0.9 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet dark grey, flattened ellipsoid, 1.5–1.7 × 0.5–0.9 mm, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Seasonally wet grassland, old cultivations, clearings in woodland, lawns; 0–1200 m
Conservation
Least concern (LC)
Note
Often confused with K. bulbosa but distinct in the close-set culms on the rhizome; bulbosa has the culms distant on stolons.
Distribution
Flora districts: U2 U3 U4 K7 T1 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 Z Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Sudan, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Native to:

Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cyperus bulbipes Mattf. & Kük. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 20(101): 587 (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 crassipes.]
  • 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 crassipes.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga crassipes.]
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466. [Cited as Kyllinga crassipes.]

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