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This species is accepted, and its native range is 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, without precise locality, Cole s.n. (K lecto.)
Morphology General Habit
Slender tussocky perennial with numerous crowded basal leaves and 1 or a few fertile stems from each tussock
Morphology Stem
Stem 5–20 cm long and 0.5–1 mm thick, triangular, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves from the lower 2 cm only; base covered by a very thick layer of brown sheaths; blades 2–10 cm long and 0.4–0.8 mm thick, flat (but appears filiform) or inrolled, scabrid on margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a dense hemispherical head of numerous crowded spikelets; involucral bracts 2–4, leafy, erect, spreading or reflexed, 1–8 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 5–7 x 2.5–3.5 mm, ovate-elliptic, compressed, 8–12-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 3–3.5 mm long, ovate-elliptic, pale brown with 4–7 narrow nerves on each side of the indistinct midrib that ends below the obtuse apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet c. 1.5 x 1 mm, obovate-triangular with concave adaxial side, black, almost smooth.
Distribution
N1, 2 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 1200–1400 m.

Native to:

Somalia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Cole, E. [s.n.], Somalia K000321379 lectotype
Phillips [s.n.], Somalia K000321380

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1895: 229 (1895)

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.
  • 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
Flora of Somalia
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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