Cyperus angolensis Boeckeler

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Cyperus angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Cyperus angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial, with a swollen culm base and densely scaly stolons, 1-8 cm × 2-6 mm. Culms 20-60 cm × 0.8-2 mm, triangular, glabrous. Largest leaf lamina 10-30 cm × 4-6 mm, flat, scabrid. Inflorescence a congested spherical anthela, white turning brown. Involucral bracts 3-4. Spikelets 6-12 × 1.5-4 mm, pinkish-white, 6-15-flowered. Glumes 4-5 mm, lanceolate with shortly excurrent midrib. Stamens 3. Stigmas 3. Nutlet 2-2.5 × 1.2-1.4 mm, obovoid, triangular, yellowish-brown to olive, minutely papillose.
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: In dry grassland, often in burnt areas
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Ghana, D.R. Congo, Uganda, Tanzania to South Africa and Angola.
Regional:Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 298. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 76.

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Flora of Malawi: Cyperus angolensis
Flora of Zambia: Cyperus angolensis

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyperus angolensis., retrieved 21 March 2018

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