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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical 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: Senegal, Leprieur s.n. (P, holo.; G, L, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual.
Morphology Roots
Roots thin.
Morphology Stem
Stem 5–60 cm tall, 0.5–1 mm across
Morphology Leaves
Leaf sheaths dark purple near base Leaves ± flat, to 25 cm long, to 2 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts 2, the largest to 20 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a congested head of (1–)3–5 ovoid spikes 3–10 × 2–4 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bracts pale brown to red-brown with green midrib and apex, broadly obovate, 1–1.5 × 0.7–1.2 mm, apex rounded and apiculate, ± cucullate, forming a roof over the nutlet; prophyll and glume red-brown spotted, 1–1.2 mm long, hyaline
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen 1.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 0.3–0.4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 0.1–0.2 mm long, 2branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets grey-black, obovoid, 0.9–1.1 × 0.6–0.7 mm, with small style base remnant, flattened-trigonous in cross-section.
Ecology
On damp sand; no altitude given, ? 1250 m
Distribution
Range: From Senegal to Ethiopia and south to Zimbabwe Flora districts: T4

Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cyperus prieurianus (Steud.) T.Koyama appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schweinfurth, G.A. [197], Sudan Lipocarpha schweinfurthiana K000815778

First published in Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 73: 438 (1960)

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 Lipocarpha prieuriana.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Lipocarpha prieuriana.]

Literature

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.
  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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