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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea, N. Somalia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Type
N1, “Mandira”, Keller 58 (K holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Tussocky perennial with a horizontal rhisome set with 1 fresh stem and few–many old stem-bases often in a straight row
Morphology Stem
Stem 20–35 cm long and 1–2 mm thick, terete to angular, smooth
Morphology Leaves
Leaves from the basal 6 cm only; sheaths loose, pallid above, brown below; blades 5–15 cm long and 2–3 mm wide, flat or inrolled, scabrid on margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a dense head 2–3 cm in diam., consisting of many crowded spikelets; involucral bracts 3-5, leafy, spreading or reflexed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 10–15 x 4–5 mm, ovate, compressed, 10–20-flowered, sometimes pale as young, otherwise brownish
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 5–6 mm long, pale to medium reddish brown with green midrib excurrent into a slightly recurved mucro at least 1 mm long in the uppermost glumes; lateral nerves prominent, 3–4 on each side of the midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with 3 long stigmas
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet c. 2 x 1.2 mm, obovate, triangular with concave sides.
Distribution
N1 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 1500–1600 m.

Native to:

Eritrea, Somalia

Cyperus poecilus C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Keller [88 (58 in Flora of Somalia)?], Somalia K000321357 holotype

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 8: 323 (1901)

Accepted by

  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S., & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: i-xxviii, 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • 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.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Somalia
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