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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Somalia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Type
N2, 3 km E of “Las Anod”, 8°25’N, 47°20’E, Hansen & Heemstra 6323 (K holo., C EA WAG iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Small perennial with a poorly developed short rhizome, but with woody stem-bases; roots with prominent tomentum
Morphology Stem
Stems 10–20 cm long and 1–1.5 mm thick, glabrous, obscurely triangular above, almost terete below
Morphology Leaves
Leaves c. 10 per stem, all basal or in the lower 3 cm of stem; sheaths pale to straw-coloured with a thick 7–15-nerved central part and scarious pale margin; blades 2–10 cm long and 1–1.5 mm wide, thick and almost semiterete with flat or canaliculate upper side, smooth or minutely scabrid on margin, often curved towards the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a dense terminal irregular cluster of spikelets 1–2 cm in diam. consisting of 8–15 crowded sessile spikelets; involucral bracts 1–3, erect, spreading or reflexed, leaf-like and to 5 cm long, often slightly curved at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 8–10 x 2–3 mm, linear-lanceolate, only slightly compressed with regularly distichous glumes, 10–15-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 3–4 mm long, ovate, pale to medium reddish brown; pale marginal border indistinct; lateral nerves c. 5 on each side of the rather obscure midrib that ends in the obtuse or subacute tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with 3 very long branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet c. 1 x 0.9 mm, greyish brown, obovate and prominently triangular with 3 slightly concave faces; the style-base persisting as a small apiculus; surface minutely papillose.
Distribution
N2 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude c. 800 m.

Native to:

Somalia

Cyperus gypsophilus Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 10, 1995 Hansen, O.J. [6323], Somalia K000321405 holotype

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 16: 374 (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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