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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. & S. Tanzania to N. Zimbabwe.
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: Tanzania, Songea District: 6.5 km W of Songea, Milne-Redhead & Taylor 9940 (K!, holo.; BM, NY, P, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Annual with minute root-system.
Morphology Stem
Stem 3–10 cm long, 0.3–0.5 mm across, angular, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves basal or near-basal, 1–4 cm long, to 0.5 mm wide, ± glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucre bracts few. Leaf-like, reflexed, to 3 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence reddish brown, terminal, solitary, 2.5–5 mm across, of a rounded to cylindrical spike, sometimes with a few smaller ones at its base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 1–1.3 mm long, funnel-shaped with wider redbrown upper part and ending in a small pale mucro to 0.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelet bracts pale or translucent, with reddish lines, 0.8–1.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet dark brown to black, ellipsoid, 0.6–0.8 × 0.2–0.3 mm, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Boggy ground in grassland within woodland zone; 950–1500 m
Conservation
Within Tanzania only known from the three specimens cited above; otherwise unknown (DD)
Note
Close to A. pusilla, but differs in the characters in the key, the darker inflorescence and the slightly differently shaped glumes.
Distribution
Flora districts: T7 T8 Range: Zimbabwe

Native to:

Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Cyperus erythrocephalus (S.S.Hooper) Bauters appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Milne-Rehead, E. [9940], Tanzania Ascolepis erythrocephala K000416402 holotype

First published in Phytotaxa 166: 37 (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
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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