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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya (near Kitale).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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

Type
Type: Kenya, Trans Nzoia District: Kitale, Bogdan 3726 (K!, holo.; EA, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, medium-sized, up to 42 cm tall, with a strongly bulbous culm base covered by the fibrous remains of many old leaf sheaths, 1.5–2.7 cm in diameter.
Morphology Culms
Culms few, 15–40 cm long, 0.6–2 mm wide, terete, trigonous above, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blade linear, flat or folded, 5–20 cm long, 2–3 mm wide, scabrid at least along the margin, apex acuminate Leaf sheath greyish (upper), 3–5.5 cm long, very thin (upper) to tough and fibrous (lower and old ones). Leaves up to 25.5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, spreading to reflexed, 2–4, lowermost 3–12 cm long, 1.8–2.1 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate, 6–11 mm long, 5–12 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets in one ovoid or more commonly of few–many crowded small spikes, ovoid, 3–5 mm long, 1.2–1.5 mm wide, 2–5-flowered, very variable in size, falling off entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes whitish, ovate, 2.8–3.7 mm long, 1.3–1.5 mm wide, keel obscure, with ± 5 veins on either side, apex obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 3.3–3.8 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet reddish-brown, ellipsoid to oblong, trigonous, 2–2.4 mm long, 1.1–1.3 mm wide, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Wooded grassland; 1400 m
Conservation
Not enough data, but possibly extinct, as this habitat is under severe pressure in the area concerned
Note
Haines & Lye state this is most similar to C. amamodorus, but differs in less swollen culm base and the more greenish and on the whole smaller inflorescence.
Distribution
Flora districts: K3 Flora districts: Known only from the type

Native to:

Kenya

Cyperus kyllingiformis Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bogdan, A. [AB 3726], Kenya K000362967 isotype

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 3: 218 (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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 224, fig. 456 (1983).
  • Nordic Journ. Bot. 3: 218 (1983), as kyllingaeformis

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