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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya.

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Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Type
Type: Kenya, Elgeyo District: Tambach, Muasya & Simpson 910 (EA, holo.; K, iso., out on loan)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, up to 22 cm tall, with stolons ± 1 mm across.
Morphology Culms
Culms 19–22 cm long, 0.6–0.9 mm across, trigonous, glabrous, the base slightly bulbous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blade linear, ± flat, 12–18 cm long [note protologue has mm], 2–3 mm wide, scabrid on margins Leaf sheath pale brown, 2.5–4.3 cm long, becoming somewhat fibrous with age. Leaves up to 18 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, spreading or reflexed, 3–4, lowermost 6–10 cm long, 2–3 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate, greenish brown, with a terminal spike 14–20 × 6–7 mm and 1–3 smaller lateral spikes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets many, dense, pale olive green, lanceolate-ovoid, 3.5–4 × 1–1.3 mm, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 3–5 per spikelet, pale brown with green midrib, lanceolate, 2.6–3 mm long, 0.5–0.9 mm wide, keel unwinged, acute to shortly mucronate and sometimes recurved, smooth to sparsely scabrid; several-veined
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 0.9–1.2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet only seen immature, oblong, biconvex, to 1 mm long.
Ecology
Seepage areas, margins of permanent swamps; ± 2000 m
Conservation
Data deficient (DD) – needs information on possible threats
Note
Close to pulchella but that has lateral spikes frequently stalked and dark purple to blackish glumes, and longer anthers.
Distribution
Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: K3 K5

Native to:

Kenya

Cyperus kilianii (Muasya & D.A.Simpson) Lye appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Lidia 7: 96 (2011)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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