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This species is accepted, and its native range is Burundi to N. Zambia.

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Congo-Kinshasa, Kitope, Descamps s.n. & Kalemie [Albertville], Descamps s.n. (BR, syn.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, robust, tufted.
Morphology Stem
Stem 20–100 cm tall, 0.8–2 mm across Stem bases bulbous, with a dense coat of old redbrown leaf sheaths, becoming fibrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves many, 15–40 cm long, 1–4 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucre bracts greenish, the larger 2–4, spreading or reflexed, 4–15 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence white to yellowish, globose or hemispherical, 3–5(–8) cm across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets densely and spirally imbricate on a conical axis. Spikelet bract narrowly ovate-triangular, 3–3.5 mm long with 3–5 redbrown veins and hyaline wings, subacute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes elongated. Laterally compresssed, 10–30 mm long, 0.4 mm wide, subacute; rachilla 2–3 mm long, swollen near apex, enclosed by lower glume wings, ± persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style deeply 3-cleft
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet pale brown, obovoid, 1–1.5 × 0.5–0.6 mm, sub-3-gonous.
Ecology
Swampy grassland; 800–1700 m
Conservation
Least concern (LC)
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Burundi, Zambia Flora districts: T4 T7

Native to:

Burundi, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Cyperus ascopinguis Goetgh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bidgood, S. [5407], Tanzania Ascolepis pinguis K000190637

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

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