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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to Zambia.
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

Type
Type: Zambia, near Chakwenga, Robinson 6380 (P, holo.; K!, NY, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome/stolons slender, 1–3 mm across, covered by small red-brown cataphylls.
Morphology Stem
Stem 11–55 cm tall, obscurely triangular, 1–1.5 mm across
Morphology Leaves
Lower leaf sheaths empty, the upper two with leaves 10–28 cm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, subterete or inrolled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts 2–3, the largest 4–10 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spherical head of several confluent spikes, 15–20 mm across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bracts dark purple to violet with long cream apex, obovate, 5–12 × 0.4–1 mm, long-acuminate; prophyll and glume brown, 1–1.7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 0.2–0.3 mm long, 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet reddish brown, obovoid, 1–1.2 × 0.5–0.6 mm, with small style base remnant, trigonous in cross-section, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Probably miombo woodland; 1550–2250 m
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Zambia, Malawi Flora districts: T7

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Cyperus lipocomosus Goetgh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Robinson, E.A. [6380], Zambia Lipocarpha comosa K000416380 isotype

First published in Phytotaxa 166: 21 (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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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