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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, India to Indo-China.
Lipocarpha hemisphaerica

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: India, ‘India orientale’, Heyne s.n. (B, holo.; mixed with S. arcticus, probably lost)
Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual.
Morphology Roots
Roots reddish, thin.
Morphology Stem
Stem 2–15(–25) cm tall, rounded or angular, 0.2–0.5 mm across
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually one per stem, pale green, filiform, 1–9 cm long, 0.6 mm wide, half-circular.
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Leaf-sheath purple-stained
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bract 1, erect, to 10(–16) cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pseudolateral with a single globose to ovoid spikelet 1–7(–10) × 1–3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bracts dark brown or red-brown, often with white or pale green midrib and tip, broadly obovate, 0.5–1 × 0.4–0.7 mm, acuminate to obtuse; prophyll and glume 0.5–0.7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen 1.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 0.25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 0.1 mm or less, 2-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet grey-violet with silvery shine, obovoid, 0.5–0.8 × 0.2–0.3 mm, with small style base remnant, round or ellipsoid in crosssection
Figures
Fig. 51, p349
Ecology
Shallow soil over rock, swamp edge, seasonally inundated grassland, streamsides, rice fields; occurs in small colonies; 450–2000 m
Note
In Bidgood et al. from Tanzania T 4, Nkansi District, there is a single branched spike.
Distribution
Flora districts: U3 K3 T4 T7 T8 Range: From Senegal to Ethiopia and south to South Africa; India, Thailand

[FWTA]

Cyperaceae, Miss S. S. Hooper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Morphology General Habit
Annual with filiform leaves and stems to 15 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
One or two dark, elongate-ovate, obtuse, Lipocarpha-like spikelets
Ecology
Damp grassland.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Ethiopia, Free State, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cyperus isolepis (Nees) Bauters appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Rogers, F.A. [6024], Zimbabwe Lipocarpha hemisphaerica K000416384 Unknown type material
Rogers, F.A. [13280], Zimbabwe Lipocarpha hemisphaerica K000416385
Bidgood, S. [6077], Tanzania Lipocarpha hemisphaerica K000468348
Bidgood, S. [5854], Tanzania Lipocarpha hemisphaerica K000468571
Simpson, D. [1564], Thailand Lipocarpha hemisphaerica K000595234
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. s.n.], Myanmar Scirpus isolepis K001132602

First published in Phytotaxa 166: 19 (2014)

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

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Chou, S., Chhnang, P. & Kim, Y. (2016). A Checklist for the Seed Plants of Cambodia: 1-272. National Institute of Biological Resources, Korea.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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