Cyperus laxus Lam.
subsp. sylvestris (Ridl.) Lye

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Cyperus laxus subsp. sylvestris

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

Cyperus laxus subsp. sylvestris

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

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Synonyms: Cyperus diffusus Vahl subsp. sylvestris (Ridl.) Kük.
Common names:
Herb. Culms 50-113 cm long, 2.8-4 mm wide. Leaves 36-53 cm long, 9-13 mm wide; glumes 1.9-3 mm long, 1.3-1.6 mm wide, scabrid near the apex.
Derivation of specific name: laxus: open, loose, lax.
sylvestris:of the forest
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12. As Cyperus diffusus

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. Illustrations on pages 201-202 (Includes a picture).

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus laxus
African Plant Database: Cyperus laxus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyperus laxus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyperus laxus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyperus laxus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyperus laxus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyperus laxus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cyperus laxus
iNaturalist: Cyperus laxus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus laxus
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus laxus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus laxus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus laxus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus laxus
Plants of the World Online: Cyperus laxus
Tropicos: Cyperus laxus
Wikipedia: Cyperus laxus

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: Cyperus laxus subsp. sylvestris., retrieved 20 March 2023

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