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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropics & Subtropics.
Remirea maritima (Cyperaceae)


Cyperaceae, Miss S. S. Hooper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Morphology General Habit
Strand plant with shoots arising singly or in small clusters from a long rhizome
Sandy places.


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

Type: “arenosis maritimis Caiennae et Guianae”, Aublet s.n. (P-JRR, Hb. Denaiff Vol. 1 no. 56, holo.) (see Lanjouw & Uittien in rec. Trav. Bot. Neerl. 37: 156 (1940))
Morphology General Habit
Perennial strand plant with long creeping rhizome 1–3 mm thick and internodes 3–6 cm long with brown membranous acute sheaths.
Morphology Stem
Stems trigonous, 3–12 cm long, 1–2 mm thick
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 4–5 mm wide basally, canaliculate, scabrid on upper margins, with stiff sharp tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts 3–5(–8), up to 8 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes ovoid or ellipsoid, 8–15 mm long, 7–10 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets sessile, crowded, 4–5 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, 1-flowered, falling as a whole.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes broadly ovate, many-veined, the lower three 2–3 mm long, the 4th flower-bearing one 3.5–4.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet chestnut to blackish, 2.5 mm long, 0.75 mm wide
Fig. 39
Sandy sea shores just above the high tide level
Least concern (LC) due to its wide distribution
Due to several localities of the same name it is not clear if Wingfield 3266 came from Pangani or Bagamoyo District.
Flora districts: K7 T3 T6 Z Range: Widely distributed throughout the tropics

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Belize, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Cayman Is., China Southeast, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jawa, Kenya, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malaya, Maluku, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, New Guinea, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Northern Territory, Panamá, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Vietnam

Cyperus pedunculatus (R.Br.) J.Kern appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 1978 Harley, R.M. [17101], Bahia Remirea maritima K000189150
Feb 22, 1904 Merrill, E.D. [Herbarium of the Bureau of Agriculture no. 881], Philippines Remirea maritima K000290940
Feb 23, 1899 Armand, J. [s.n.] Remirea maritima K000290936 Unknown type material
Jul 1, 1895 Rottler [s.n.] Remirea maritima K000881659
Mar 1, 1889 Cuming, H. [867], Philippines Remirea maritima K000290939
Maingay, A.C. [3193], Malaysia Remirea maritima K000290937
unknown [Wall list 3374] Remirea maritima K000290938
Harley, R.M. [17949], Bahia Remirea maritima K000189151
Mori, S.A. [11364], Bahia Remirea maritima K000189146
Kerr, A.F.G. [16188], Thailand Remirea maritima K000595259
Wight, R. [1854] Remirea maritima K000881658
Kerr, A.F.G. [4240], Thailand Remirea maritima K000595257
Barros, C.S.S. [16], Alagoas Remirea maritima K000189147
Marcan, A. [2455], Thailand Remirea maritima K000595261
?Salzmann, P. [s.n.], Bahia Remirea maritima K000189149
Riedel, L. [146], Bahia Remirea maritima K000189148
Griffith, W. [s.n.], Burma Remirea maritima K000881657
Macrae, J. [200], Sri Lanka Remirea maritima K000881661
Wight, R. [3378] Remirea maritima K000881660
Kerr, A.F.G. [14156], Thailand Remirea maritima K000595260
Kerr, A.F.G. [12586], Thailand Remirea maritima K000595258
s.coll. [Cat. no. 3378] Remirea wightiana K000767919
Thwaites [CV 3227], India Remirea pedunculata K000357558 Unknown type material

First published in Acta Bot. Neerl. 7: 798 (1958)

Accepted by

  • Middleton, D.J. & al. (eds.) (2019). Flora of Singapore 7: 1-525. Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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 Remirea maritima.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Remirea maritima.]
  • Lye, K.A. & Thery, P. (2012). Flore du Gabon 44: 1-230. Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. [Cited as Remirea maritima.]


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Berhaut, J. (1988). Flore illustrée du Sénégal 9: 1-522. Gouvernement du Sénégal, Ministère du développement rural direction des eaux et forêta, Dakar.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Cabezas, F., Aedo, C. & Velayos, M. (2004). Checklist of the Cyperaceae of Equatorial Guinea (Annobón, Bioko, Río Muni) Belgian Journal of Botany 137: 3-26.
  • Catarino, L., Sampaio Martins, E., Pinto-Basto, M.F. & Diniz, M.A. (2006). Plantas Vasculares e Briófitos da Guiné-Bissau: 1-298. Instituto de investigação científica tropical, Instituto Português de apoio ao desenvolvimento.
  • Chou, S., Chhnang, P. & Kim, Y. (2016). A Checklist for the Seed Plants of Cambodia: 1-272. National Institute of Biological Resources, Korea.
  • Espejo Serna, A. & López-Ferrari, A.R. (1997). Las Monocotiledóneas Mexicanas una Sinopsis Florística 5: 1-98. Consejo Nacional de la Flora de México, México D.F.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Walker, E.H. (1976). Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu islands: 1-1159. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

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