Cyperus digitatus Roxb.
subsp. auricomus (Sieber ex Spreng.) Kük.

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Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Photo: Mike Bingham
Chisamba district, Chisamba, Sable Farm (David Gordon)

Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Photo: Mike Bingham

Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus auricomus Sieber ex Spreng.
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Description:
Robust perennial, up to 2 m tall; rhizome creeping, woody 1─1.5 cm diameter; culm 77─153 cm long, 3-angled; leaves few, leaf blade 7─19 mm wide. Inflorescence simple to compound, primary branches 3─8, 2.7─12 cm long. Spikelet less than 1 mm across, in crowded clusters on elongated axis, sessile and at the end of primary and secondary branches.
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Derivation of specific name: digitatus: divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 244.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 118.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus digitatus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyperus digitatus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus digitatus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus digitatus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus digitatus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus digitatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus digitatus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyperus digitatus
Tropicos: Cyperus digitatus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109510, retrieved 26 September 2017

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