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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central 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
C1, 28 km S of “Jeriban”, 6°58’N, 48°52’E, Gillett, Hemming & Watson 22100 (K holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Tussocky perennial with a short woody rhizome and crowded stems; roots with tomentum
Morphology Stem
Stems 10–15 cm long and 1–2.5 mm thick, somewhat compressed to terete or obscurely angular, glabrous, with leaves from the lower 1–3 cm only
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Leaf-sheaths medium reddish brown, thick and coriaceous with many nerves and very prominent wide white membranous margins; leaf-blades to c. 20 cm long and 1.5–2 mm wide, flat but very thick, minutely scabrid along margin, often curled or coiled at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax anthela to 8 x 6 cm consisting of 1 sessile or subsessile group of spikelets and 1–4 stalked digitate groups of spikelets, each group consisting of 3–10 spreading and reflexed spikelets; involucral bracts short or to 20 cm long, spreading, leaf-like; peduncles to 4 cm long and 0.7 mm thick, terete
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 8–15 x 1–1.5 mm, linear, terete with acute apex, 12–16-flowered, at maturity disarticulating as 1 unit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes c. 3.5 mm long, ovate, variegated golden and reddish brown with pale margin and patches, with 3–4 distinct lateral nerves on each side of the green midrib that is excurrent into a c. 0.2 mm long straight mucro
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 4 mm long with 3 branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet 1.1–1.3 mm long, obtusely triangular, light reddish brown.
Distribution
C1 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude c. 140 m.

Native to:

Somalia

Cyperus recurvispicatus Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 10, 1995 Gillett, J.B. [22100], Somalia K000321409 holotype

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 16: 376 (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
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