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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

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

Ecology
Wet ground, generally amongst grasses.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence similar in size to A. protea, but with a more solid appearance due to the broader scales

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: South Africa, Drège 4389 (B, holo., not found; K, P, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, tufted, with short rhizome, often with slender underground runners.
Morphology Stem
Stem 20–80 cm long, 0.3–1.3 mm across, slightly compressed, glabrous or slightly scabrid on the faint ridges, at base with black or vinous red remnants of leaf sheaths
Morphology Leaves
Leaves grey-green, 10–30(–70) cm long, 1–3 mm wide, inrolled and filiform when dry, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucre bracts few. Leaf-like, to 5(–12) cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence white, rounded, 6–10 mm long, of 1–4 spikes; receptacle conical with spirally arranged spikelets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bracts whitish, 1–3.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes white with reddish or purple streaks near base, 3–5.5 mm long, dorsiventrally flattened and broadly winged, obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary elongate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 1–2 mm long, 2branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet dark violet to black, ellipsoid, 1–2.5 mm long, falling enclosed in the glume
Figures
Fig. 41, p272
Ecology
Swamps, boggy grassland, temporarily wet grassland; (250–)1050–2250 m
Conservation
Least concern (LC) due to its wide distribution.
Distribution
Range: From Mali and Ivory Coast to Sudan and Ethiopia and south to South Africa Flora districts: U1 U3 U4 K3 K5 T4 T6 T7 T8

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Ethiopia, Free State, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cyperus ascocapensis Bauters appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 1988 Drege [s.n.], South Africa Ascolepis capensis K000416428
Dec 1, 1988 Rehmann, A. [4638], South Africa Ascolepis capensis K000416430
Nov 1, 1888 Drege [s.n.], South Africa Ascolepis capensis K000416429
Bidgood, S. [5394], Tanzania Ascolepis capensis K000190624

First published in Phytotaxa 166: 36 (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

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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