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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania 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: Tanzania, Mbeya District: Mbeya [Mbeye] peak, Goetze 1449 (B!, holo.; EA, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, up to 52 cm tall, stolons absent but short rhizome present.
Morphology Culms
Culms densely tufted, the bases covered in dark brown fibres, 15–50 cm long, 1.3–2 mm wide, sharply 3-angled, scabridulous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blade linear, recurved and channelled, 2–17(–33) cm long, 5–7 mm wide, scabrid on margin and primary vein Leaf sheath pale brown, darker at base, 1.5–8 cm long. Leaves up to 17(–33) cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, reflexed, 3–5, lowermost 3–12.5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a hemispheric white or cream (occasionally greenish yellow) head consisting of 1–3 spikes, 8–15 mm in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets narrowly ovoid, 4–4.8 × 1.2–1.5 mm wide, 2flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes whitish, narrowly ovate, 3–4 mm long, keel hairy to ciliate, apex acuminate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 2–2.4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers ± 1.3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet brown, obovoid and somewhat flattened, 1.5–1.7 × 0.7 mm, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Grassland (dry or wet), wooded grassland, woodland; 900–2100 m
Conservation
Least concern (LC)
Distribution
Range: Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique Flora districts: T1 T4 T7 T8

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 20(101): 7 (1935)

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 platyphylla.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga platyphylla.]
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466. [Cited as Kyllinga platyphylla.]

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