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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Kenya.
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: Kenya, Northern Frontier District: El Wak, Gilbert & Thulin 1244 (UPS, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, fairly slender, up to 27 cm tall, with swollen culm-bases surrounded by blackish leaf-sheath fibres.
Morphology Culms
Culms crowded, 12–25 cm long, 0.5–0.8 mm wide, trigonous, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf sheath reddish brown, the upper more straw-coloured. Leaves up to 15 cm long, only from the basal part of the culm. Leaf blade linear, 5–15 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, scabrid on margin and midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Involucral bracts leaf-like, reflexed, 3–4, lowermost 2–10 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence capitate, a terminal broadly ovoid to globose brownish white spike, 7–10 mm long, 6–10 mm wide, with one large central spike and usually 1–3 smaller ones at its base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets ovoid, 2.5–3 mm long, ± 1 mm wide, usually 3-flowered but one perfecting 1 nutlet only.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes pale reddish-brown below, whitish above, 2–2.5 mm long, keel smooth, with 4 veins on either side
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens not seen
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet when immature pale brown, ellipsoid, flattened, ± 1.2 mm long, 0.5 mm wide.
Ecology
Shallow soil over limestone rocks; ± 420 m
Conservation
Data deficient (DD) – needs information about possible threats
Note
Somewhat similar to K. tanzaniae but differs in fibrous culm bases, brownish-white inflorescence, and slightly smaller spikelets and glumes (say Haines & Lye); the rather rounded and hardly keeled smooth glume midrib is characteristic.
Distribution
Flora districts: K1 Flora districts: Known only from the type

Native to:

Kenya

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gilbert, M.G. [1244], Kenya Kyllinga brunneoalba K000416319 Unknown type material

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 brunneoalba.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Kyllinga brunneoalba.]

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