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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.
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, Masai District: 7 km Kibaya–Kondoa, Leippert 5461 (EA, holo.; K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, robust, tussocky, up to 64 cm tall.
Morphology Culms
Culms tufted, 30–60 cm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, trigonous, the base cylindric and slightly swollen, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf sheath grey to pale reddish-brown, rather thin, the basal sheaths splitting into fibres, 7–10 cm long. Leaf blade linear, flat, up to 19–31 cm long, 1.9–3 mm wide, scabrid on at least margin, apex acuminate Leaves up to 36 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, erect to spreading, 3–5, lowermost 10–20 cm long, 1.8–2.1 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a simple anthela, primary branches 2–5, 0.5–3 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets in very densely crowded, spherical spikes 7.2–11 mm long, 5.9–7.1 mm wide, sessile and at the end of primary branches. Spikelets lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, falling off entirely when mature.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dark reddish-brown, ovate-lanceolate, 2.5–3.6 mm long, 1–1.3 mm wide, keel greenish, with 5–7 veins on either side, apex acuminate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 3–3.9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 1.7–1.9 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet not seen.
Ecology
In seasonally wet habitats, in rock crevices and on shallow soils over rocks; 1900–2250 m
Conservation
Only known from a small area in Tanzania; part of the habitat (seasonally wet) is under threat of development.
Note
Lye also cites Richards 15665 from Mt Image in T 7.
Distribution
Flora districts: T2 T3 T 7? (see Note) Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Cyperus afrovaricus Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Leippert [5461], Tanzania K000362968 Unknown type material

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 3: 222 (1983)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 208, fig. 418 (1983).
  • Nordic Journ. Bot. 3: 222 (1983)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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