Skip to main content
This genus is accepted, and its native range is St. Helena, Ethiopia to S. Africa, Madagascar, S. & E. Australia, New Zealand, St. Paul Island, Juan Fernández Islands.
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

Morphology General Habit
Tufted perennial herbs with horizontal woody rhizomes
Morphology Culms
Culms scapose
Morphology Leaves
Leafblade often ligulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lateral or terminal head, with 1–25 terete spikelets
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets with many glumes each subtending a bisexual floret.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes reddish brown to black, glabrous, obtuse, many-veined; apex obtuse or midrib excurrent into a short mucro
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 0
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments flattened.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther crested
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Pistil with style 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet blackish when mature, obovoid, surface smooth; gynophore absent or present.
Note
A mainly tropical and subtropical African genus of 60 species.

Native to:

Amsterdam-St.Paul Is, Cape Provinces, Chatham Is., Cook Is., Ethiopia, Free State, Juan Fernández Is., Kenya, Kermadec Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, South Australia, St.Helena, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tubuai Is., Uganda, Victoria, Western Australia, Zimbabwe

Ficinia Schrad. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Commentat. Soc. Regiae Sci. Gott. Recent. 7: 143 (1832)

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. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Analecta Flor. Cap. 1: 43 (1832)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

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