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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Central Brazil.


Tucker GC. 2017. Cyperus vicky-martiniae, a new species of Cyperus sect. Luzuloidei (Cyperaceae) from central Brazil. kew Bulletin 72:32. DOI 10.1007/S12225-017-9705-6

Cyperus vicky-martiniae appears to be genuinely rare. So far, only two collections have been found. Following IUCN (2016) guidelines, a status of VU D2 is proposed, because the new species is known to exist at less than five locations.
Central Brazil, known only from the Federal District. The type locality, Sobradinho, is located at -15.669° lat., -47.804° long., elevation 1050 m. The Brazilian Central Plateau is noted for its ancient and complex geology. The type area is underlain by Neo-Proterozoic sedimentary rocks (quartzite, metasiltstone, limestone, and dolostone) c. 950 - 1170 million years old (Pimentel2016).
Swampy roadsides, marshy ground, stream- sides, in open land.
Morphology Culms
Culms 0.7 - 1.1 mm thick, trigonous, smooth
Morphology General Habit
Caespitose perennials,40- 60 cm tall
Morphology General Scales
Scales deciduous, 10 - 12, 1.0 - 1.5 mm long, (0.7 -)1.0- 1.2 mm wide, oblong- spatulate (widest at or above the middle), mucronulate, uniformly light greenish to light brown, laterally 1-nerved (with a proximal adaxial groove on either side of the floral scale), basally bicarinate, apically scabrellate (or infrequently smooth)
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 4 - 7; sheaths reddish-purple, punctate; blade 20 - 35 cm long, 1 - 1.5 mm wide, v- shaped, without cross-veins (i.e., non-septate), the margins and keel scabrellate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads glomerulate, 5 - 6mm wide, dense, hemispherical, light reddish-brown, often proliferous Rays 1 or 2, 5 - 7 mm long; or if rays lacking, the inflorescence a dense irregularly lobate head about 1 cm wide (no secondary rays)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen 1; filament 1.0 - 1.1 mm long; anther 0.9 mm long, oblong, the connective apex about 0 1 mm long, pale
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 0.5 - 0.8 mm long; stigmas 3, 0.6 - 1.0 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 1.0 - 1.1 mm long, 0.2 - 0.25 mm wide, trigonous, linear and slightly curved, the apex sub-acute, the base stipitate, slender, 0.1 - 0.2 mm long, dark, firm (not spongy), the faces slightly convex, the surface papillose, brown to black
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence bracts 2 - 4, 2 - 12 cm long, 5 - 8(- 10) mm wide, v-shaped, the margins and keel scabrellate, borne horizontally to ascendent at c. 15°
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 10 - 25, 2.5 - 3.0 mm long, 4.5 - 7 mm wide, orbiculate-ovate, flattened; rachilla persistent, about 0.3 mm wide, 0.1 - 0.2 mm thick, quadrate, light reddish-brown, yellow at the nodes, successive scale scars 0.2 - 0.3 mm apart, wingless
The epithet honours Vicky Martin Tuck­er, my wife, in appreciation for her encouragement and support throughout my botanical studies and professional career. The differences between the new species and its presumed nearest relatives are shown in Table 1.
Specimens have been collected in April and September.
Type: Brazil, Federal Distr.: Brasilia, vicinity of Sobredinho [sic],19Sept. 1964, G.T.Prance&N.T.Silva59083 (holotype NY; isotype MO).
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizomes 5 - 8mm thick, short, upright, indurate

Native to:

Brazil West-Central

Cyperus vicky-martiniae G.C.Tucker appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 72(2)-32: 1 (2017)

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. Scientific Data 8: 215.


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