Kyllinga crassipes Boeckeler

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Kyllinga crassipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Kyllinga crassipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cyperus bulbipes Mattf. & Kük.
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Status: Native
Perennial sedge, up to 50 cm tall. Culms strongly triangular, 5-15 mm thick, ridged, often with spine-like hairs below the inflorescence. Leaves basal, linear, 10-30 cm long, often with small reddish-brown dots; margin and midrib with spine-like hairs. Inflorescence ovoid to spherical, up to 9 × 10 mm, white. Involucral bracts 2-4, leaf-like, largest 7-15 cm long. Glumes 3-3.5 mm long, often with small reddish-brown dots. Nutlet ovate, flattened, c. 1.5-0.8 mm.
Derivation of specific name: crassipes: thick-footed or thick-stalked.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 4 September 2009

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

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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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Kyllinga crassipes
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Flora of Zambia: Kyllinga crassipes

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Kyllinga crassipes
African Plant Database: Kyllinga crassipes
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Kyllinga crassipes
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Tropicos: Kyllinga crassipes
Wikipedia: Kyllinga crassipes

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: Kyllinga crassipes., retrieved 13 April 2024

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