Cyperus digitatus Roxb.
subsp. auricomus (Sieber ex Spreng.) Kük.

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Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

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Chisamba district, Chisamba, Sable Farm (David Gordon)

Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Photo: Mike Bingham

Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus auricomus Sieber ex Spreng.
Common names:
Robust perennial, up to 2 m tall; rhizome creeping, woody 1─1.5 cm diameter; culm 77─153 cm long, 3-angled; leaves few, leaf blade 7─19 mm wide. Inflorescence simple to compound, primary branches 3─8, 2.7─12 cm long. Spikelet less than 1 mm across, in crowded clusters on elongated axis, sessile and at the end of primary and secondary branches.
Derivation of specific name: digitatus: divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

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

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 244.

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 87.

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

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Flora of Botswana: Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus
Flora of Zambia: Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus digitatus
African Plant Database: Cyperus digitatus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyperus digitatus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyperus digitatus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyperus digitatus
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iNaturalist: Cyperus digitatus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus digitatus
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus digitatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus digitatus
Plants of the World Online: Cyperus digitatus
Tropicos: Cyperus digitatus
Wikipedia: Cyperus digitatus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus., retrieved 23 June 2024

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