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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tanzania to Zambia.
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: Zambia, Old Mpulungu Road below Venning’s Farm, Richards 4223 (K!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, slender, up to 42 cm tall, with short rhizomes and 2 mm thick scalecovered stolons.
Morphology Culms
Culms solitary, arising from the end of rhizomes and stolons, 5–40 cm long, 0.5–0.8 mm wide, trigonous, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blade linear, flat or folded, 2–20 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, scabrid on margin and primary vein Leaf sheath greyish green to pale reddish-brown, 6 cm long. Leaves up to 20 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaflike, reflexed, 2–3, lowermost 3.5–7 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate, spherical, 5–10 mm in diameter, of a single spike.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets lanceolate, 2.5–4.3 mm long, 1–1.8 mm wide, flattened, mostly 2-flowered, but perfecting one nutlet only.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes whitish, ovate, 2–3.5 mm long, keel pale yellow brown, winged and toothed in the largest glumes, with 2–3 veins on either side, apex acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ?2.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments to 3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 1–1.1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet brown to almost blackish, ellipsoid, flattened, 1.7–2 mm long, 0.6–1 mm wide, minutely papillose.
Ecology
Dry sandy ground at base of termite hills; ± 1750 m
Conservation
Lye states this is ‘fairly widespread’ in Zambia; presumably Least Concern, then (LC)
Distribution
Flora districts: T4 Range: Zambia

Native to:

Tanzania, Zambia

Cyperus albogracilis (Lye) Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Richards, H.M. [4223], Zambia Kyllinga albogracilis K000416331 holotype

First published in R.W.Haines & K.A.Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr., App. 3: 2 (1983)

Not 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. [Cited as Kyllinga albogracilis.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga albogracilis.]

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