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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. & S. Tanzania to S. 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: Zimbabwe, Malangusti R., Kassner 2060 (B, K!, holo?)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial fairly robust, up to 68 cm tall, with a swollen stem-base emitting thick scale-covered stolons, 0.3–0.5 cm in diameter.
Morphology Culms
Culms few, 31–62 cm long, 1.4–2 mm wide, trigonous, with short white densely set hairs below the inflorescence, almost glabrous near the base
Morphology Leaves
Leaf sheath straw-coloured above, purplish-brown below, 3–11 cm long, densely set with white hairs. Leaf blade linear, flat, 24–33 cm long, 4.4–7.3 mm wide, densely set with white hairs, apex acute Leaves up to 44 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, spreading, 3–4, lowermost 12–17 cm long, 3.2–4.1 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a simple anthela, primary branches 4–6, 3–8 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets in loose spikes, rachis of spike densely set with white hairs, sessile and on end of primary branches. Spikelets 7–25 per spike, linear-lanceolate, 7–12 mm long, 0.9–1.1 mm wide, falling off entirely when mature.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes pale brown, lanceolate, 4.7–6.6 mm long, 1.2–1.9 mm wide, keel flat, apex acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 5.2–6.9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 2.8–3.1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet grey, narrowly obovoid, trigonous, 3.2–3.4 mm long, 0.6–1 mm wide, minutely papillose.
Ecology
In Brachystegia woodland, on sandy soil; 900–1150 m
Conservation
In a common habitat; probably least Concern (LC)
Note
Easily recognized due to its hairy leaf sheaths and rachis.
Distribution
Flora districts: T7 T8 Range: Zimbabwe

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cyperus pubens Kük. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Kassner [2060], Zimbabwe K000362630 Unknown type material

First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 29: 200 (1931)

Accepted by

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F.R. 29: 200 (1931)
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 203, fig. 405 (1983).

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/
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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