Cyperus difformis L.

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Cyperus difformis

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Perennial or annual, up to 67 cm tall, culms trigonus, smooth. Inflorescence simple or compound, sometimes almost capitate; spikelets in dense digitate clusters.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, SE Asia, Pacific
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 56.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 531. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 173 - 174.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 182.

Other sources of information about Cyperus difformis:

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Flora of Botswana: Cyperus difformis
Flora of Caprivi: Cyperus difformis
Flora of Zambia: Cyperus difformis

External websites:

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

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: Cyperus difformis., retrieved 16 July 2019

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