Cyperus mollipes (C.B. Clarke) K. Schum.

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Cyperus mollipes

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Cyperus mollipes

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Synonyms: Cyperus amomodorus K.Schum.
Cyperus circumclusus (C.B.Clarke) Schweinf.
Cyperus globifer (C.B. Clarke) Lye
Cyperus mollipes var. amomodorus (K. Schum.) Kük
Mariscus amomodorus (K.Schum.) Cufod. var. mollipes (C.B.Clarke) Cufod.
Mariscus amomodorus (K.Schum.) Cufod. var. amomodorus
Mariscus amomodorus (K. Schum.) Cufod.
Mariscus circumclusus C.B. Clarke
Mariscus macropus C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Status: Native
Tufted perennial, 8─60 cm tall, with a tuberous culm-base covered by old fibres from leaf sheaths; culms few to many and crowded, 3-anngled, glabrous. Leaf blade linear. Inflorescence capitate, hemispherical or irregular, white or cream, 8─21 mm in diameter; spikelets many per head. Distinguished from C. margaritaceus by the smaller spikelets (2─8 mm long, 0.7─2 mm wide) and smaller nutlets (0.5─1.2 mm in diameter).
Derivation of specific name: mollipes: soft foot
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: East Africa from Sudan to Zambia and Malawi, DR Congo.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 180 - 182.

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 circumclusus, M. macropus and M. mollipes

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Flora of Malawi: Cyperus mollipes
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus mollipes
African Plant Database: Cyperus mollipes
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus mollipes
Plants of the World Online: Cyperus mollipes
Tropicos: Cyperus mollipes
Wikipedia: Cyperus mollipes

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 mollipes., retrieved 21 May 2024

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