Cyperus turrillii Kük.

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Cyperus turrillii

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Cyperus turrillii

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Mariscus laxiflorus Turrill
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Perennial, up to 60 cm tall, without stolons, but with short creeping rhizomes, woody, scaly, forming new plants at regular intervals. Involucral bracts 3-4. Inflorescence simple, with spikelets inserted on main branches. Glumes brown rarely green. Spikelets usually less than 30 mm long, falling off in their entirety when mature.
Derivation of specific name: turrillii – for William Bertram Turrill, 1890-1961
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana; elsewhere Angola, D.R. Congo, Tanzania.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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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 241.

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 89. As Mariscus laxiflorus

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

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 183. as Mariscus laxiflorus

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Flora of Botswana: Cyperus turrillii
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus turrillii
African Plant Database: Cyperus turrillii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyperus turrillii
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyperus turrillii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyperus turrillii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus turrillii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus turrillii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus turrillii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus turrillii
Plants of the World Online: Cyperus turrillii
Tropicos: Cyperus turrillii
Wikipedia: Cyperus turrillii

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 turrillii., retrieved 20 March 2023

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