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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.
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, Siamambo, Choma, Robinson 2814 (SRGH, holo.; K!, P, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Slender perennial herb 10–40 cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stem 0.3–1 mm across, ± glabrous, base bulbous, with the dark brown or purple remnants of leaf sheaths
Morphology Leaves
Leaves basal and sub-basal, to 8 cm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, glabrous or slightly scabrid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucre bracts few, to 6 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence white or cream, globose, 5–8 mm across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets densely spirally imbricate. Spikelet bracts narrowly triangular, white-hyaline, 1.5–2.3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes concave, hyaline, 1.8–3.4 mm long, enclosing the floral parts by its wings, with a triangular mucro
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2, lateral
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filament to 2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther 0.6–1 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 1.5 mm long, 3-fid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets dark red-brown, obovoid-subtrigonous, 0.5–0.6 × 0.2 mm, papillose.
Ecology
Seasonally waterlogged depression; 1400 m
Conservation
Least concern (LC) due to its wide distribution; in our area only known from the cited specimen.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe Flora districts: T7

Native to:

Angola, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Cyperus ascodensus Goetgh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 1977 Robinson, E.A. [2814], Zambia Ascolepis densa K000416421 isotype

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

  • 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