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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Somalia.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Type
C2, 12 km NE of Ceel Baraf, then 2.5 km N on cutline, 3°19’N, 45°05’E, Kuchar 17635 (UPS holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Robust perennial with a c. 5 mm thick horizontal woody rhizome and crowded stems; roots sometimes with tomentum
Morphology Stem
Stems 60–90 cm long and 1–2 mm thick, terete, but sometimes obtusely triangular above, with very weak longitudinal ridges, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves from the lower 20 cm only; sheaths straw-coloured to, particularly in the lowermost coriaceous ones, bright reddish brown, glabrous; blades to 30 cm long and 2–4 mm wide, flat or rounded-canaliculate, stiff and coriaceous, minutely scabrid on margin and midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a 4–6 cm wide anthela of 1 sessile spherical group of spikelets (capitulum) and 2–4 stalked globose groups of spikelets; each capitulum 9–16 mm in diam. and consisting of 20–50 spikelets; involucral bracts 5–7, erect or spreading, leaf-like, the largest 10–20 cm long and 1–2 mm wide; peduncles 2–4 cm long, somewhat flattened, glabrous; rhachis of capitula with prominent round cushion-like outgrowths from where the spikelets begins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 5–8 x 1–1.5 mm, almost cylindrical, narrowly lanceolate with acute apex, 3–4-flowered, falling off entire when mature
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Fertile glumes 3.5–4 mm long, ovate, with obtuse or subacute apex, light reddish brown to somewhat golden with indistinct lateral nerves; midrib 3-nerved and in the lowermost glume excurrent into a very short mucro
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 4–5 mm long, with 3 branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet c. 1.5 x 0.5 mm, elliptic, triangular, grey to dark reddish brown, minutely papillose, apiculate.
Distribution
C2 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 170 m.

Native to:

Somalia

Cyperus pluricephalus Lye appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 16: 371 (1996)

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.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by K. A. Lye [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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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/
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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