Lipocarpha chinensis (Osbeck) J. Kern

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Lipocarpha chinensis

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Lipocarpha chinensis

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Synonyms: Lipocarpha argentea (Vahl) R. Br.
Lipocarpha senegalensis Lam.) Th. & H.Dur.
Common names:
Tufted perennial, stem rounded or obscurely angled, 15─80 cm tall; withered leaves persistent around the base. Inflorescence a terminal irregular head with (1─)2─12 subequal ovoid spikelets. Spikes pale green or yellow-brown.
Derivation of specific name: chinensis: from China
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and sub-tropical Africa, Asia and Australia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

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

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 121 - 122.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 354 - 355.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 120.

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Flora of Botswana: Lipocarpha chinensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lipocarpha chinensis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lipocarpha chinensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lipocarpha chinensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lipocarpha chinensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lipocarpha chinensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lipocarpha chinensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lipocarpha chinensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Lipocarpha chinensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lipocarpha chinensis
Ispot Southern Africa: Lipocarpha chinensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Lipocarpha chinensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lipocarpha chinensis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Lipocarpha chinensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lipocarpha chinensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lipocarpha chinensis
Tropicos: Lipocarpha chinensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lipocarpha chinensis., retrieved 20 July 2019

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