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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Africa, Madagascar.
Lipocarpha rehmannii (Ridley) Goetghebeur

[FTEA]

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

Type
Types: South Africa, Natal, Griffinshill (East Court), Rehmann 7305 & 7315 (K!, Z, syn.); Angola, Lopollo, Welwitsch 6771 (BM, syn.)
Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual.
Morphology Roots
Roots reddish, thin.
Morphology Stem
Stem obscurely triangular, 2–28 cm tall, 0.3–1.5 mm across
Morphology Leaves
Leaves green, flat to canaliculate, to 10(–17) cm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide.
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Sheaths dark red to almost black at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts (3–)4–9, the longest to 12 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a dense head of 3–12 ovoid ± confluent spikelets 3–10 × 2–5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bracts red-brown with green or yellow apex, ovate to obovate, 1.2–3.2(–3.5) × 0.2–1 mm, long-acuminate (1–2 mm), recurved, scabrid at apex; prophyll and glume absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen 1.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 0.2–0.4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 0.1–0.15 mm, 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets obovoid, 0.5–0.7 × 0.2–0.4 mm, with small style base remnant, rounded-trigonous in cross-section. Tuberculate in longitudinal lines.
Ecology
Seasonally moist grassland, seepage areas; (70–)850–1750 m
Note
The Luke & Luke specimen (the only one from T 6) is at much lower altitude than any of the others, but conforms to the description.
Distribution
Flora districts: K4 T6 T7 T8 Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Angola to Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique and south to South Africa

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Virginia

Cyperus hystricoides (B.Nord.) Bauters appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 1, 1987 Rehmann, A. [7315], South Africa Lipocarpha rehmannii K000416388 Unknown type material
Mar 1, 1987 Rehmann, A. [7305], South Africa Lipocarpha rehmannii K000416389 Unknown type material

First published in Phytotaxa 166: 19 (2014)

Accepted by

  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S., & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: i-xxviii, 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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