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

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Tanzania, Lindi District: near Masasi, Schlieben 6399 (B!, holo.; BM, BR, G, GENT, M, P, Z, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual.
Morphology Roots
Roots dark red, thin.
Morphology Stem
Stem 3–18 cm tall, 0.2–0.3 mm across
Morphology Leaves
Leaves filiform, dull green, to 5 cm long, almost terete but with slight channel, to 0.5 mm wide.
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Sheaths dark red or purple near base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bract 1, erect, to 1.5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pseudolateral with 1 ovoid spike 1.5–5.5 × 1–3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bract dark brown or red-brown with paler midrib and apex, obovate, 1–1.6 × 0.4–0.6 mm, ± recurved-acuminate, smooth; prophyll and glume 0.3–0.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen 1.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers ± 0.15 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 0.1 mm long or less, 2-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets grey, obovoid, 0.3–0.7 × 0.2–0.3 mm, with small style base remnant, round in cross-section, papillose.
Ecology
Seepage areas or damp to boggy ground, usually on sand, in the bushland/woodland zone; (70–)400–1400 m
Note
Often confused with L. nana, but differs in the 2-branched style and the smooth apex to the spikelet bract; also, L. nana rarely has only a single spike. " Luke & Luke 4651 from the Selous is from a much lower latitude than usual, 70 m.
Distribution
Flora districts: T1 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Malawi, Zimbabwe

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cyperus lipomonostachyus Goetgh. appears in other Kew resources:

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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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