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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia 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: Tanzania, Dodoma District: Uyansi, Chaya towards Kazikazi, km 675.5, Peter 34327a (B, syn.)
Morphology General Habit
Small clustered annual 3–20 cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems not thickened basally, with a few pale grey to pinkish leaf-bases
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1/2–3/4 the length of the culms, up to 1 mm wide but usually inrolled with hyaline sparsely ciliolate margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences bright yellow, capitate with 1–8 spikes, the central one ovoid and 3–6 mm long, the laterals more globose and 2–5 mm long, with many densely spirally arranged bracts, each ± 1 mm long with a reduced lateral spikelet with a small prophyll ± 0.6 mm long and first glume ± 1.8 mm long, utriculiform with apical split
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets orange-brown, obovoid, trigonous, 1 mm long, the surface colliculate, the cells isodiametric hexagonal.
Ecology
Bushland, sandy hollows near saline lake shore; 900–1950 m
Distribution
Range: Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi Flora districts: K3 T1 T2 T4 T5

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Cyperus microaureus Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Peter, G.A. [34934], Tanzania Alinula peteri K000912472 lectotype

First published in Lidia 3: 132 (1994)

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 Alinula peteri.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Alinula peteri.]
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466. [Cited as Alinula peteri.]

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