Cyperus hemisphaericus Boeckeler

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Cyperus hemisphaericus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Cyperus hemisphaericus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Cyperus hemisphaericus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

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Synonyms: Mariscus hemisphaericus (Boeckeler) C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Robust perennial sedge, mostly 50-100 cm, tall, growing from a shortly creeping rhizome. Leaves basal, spreading, grass-like, linear, flat or folded, basal sheaths up to 10 cm long, dark purple below, pale brown higher up. Inflorescence a large terminal subcapitate head of clusters of spikelets, cream to pale yellow.
Derivation of specific name: hemisphaericus: in a half sphere; referring to the shape of the inflorescence.
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, often along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Pages 123 - 124. both as Cyperus and Mariscus

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 173. as Cyperus hemisphaericus

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 77.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus hemisphaericus
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West African Plants database: Cyperus hemisphaericus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyperus hemisphaericus., retrieved 10 December 2016

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