Lipocarpha albiceps Ridl.

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Lipocarpha albiceps

Photo: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha albiceps

Photo: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha albiceps

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Perennial with short creeping rhizome; rhizome reddish-brown, to 5 mm wide, covered with reddish-brown scales; stem round or elliptic in cross-section, 10─70 cm tall. Involucral bracts 2─3, the main one spreading and 2─13 cm long, the others reflexed and shorter. Inflorescence a rather dense head of 1─6 confluent ovoid spikes, the terminal one largest; spikelet bracts dark reddish-brown.
Derivation of specific name: albiceps: ‘white head’, but this is contradicted by the description
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal and Chad to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 354.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 88.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lipocarpha albiceps., retrieved 24 March 2023

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