Kyllinga erecta Schumach.
var. erecta

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Kyllinga erecta var. erecta

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Island 4, Katombora, Zambezi

Kyllinga erecta var. erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 4, Katombora, Zambezi

Kyllinga erecta var. erecta

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus erectus (Schumach.) Mattf. & Kük.
Cyperus erectus (Schum.) Mattf. & Kük. subsp. erecta
Kyllinga intricata (C.B. Clarke) Cherm.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial with creeping rhizome and culms densely arranged in a row. Culms 12-40 cm × 0.8-1.7 mm, triangular, glabrous. Leaf lamina up to 5-20 × 2-4 mm. Inflorescence a solitary ovoid or hemispheric spike. Involucral bracts 3-4. Spikelets 2.5-3 mm, 1-2-flowered. Glumes 2-3.5 mm, very unequal, golden-yellow with green glabrous unwinged midrib. Nutlet c.1.2 × 0.6 mm, ellipsoid.
Derivation of specific name: erecta: erect
Habitat: In wet places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 115.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 525. as Kyllinga erecta (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 322 - 323. Illustration on p. 321. (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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 120. aslo as as Cyperus erectus erectus

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Flora of Botswana: Kyllinga erecta var. erecta
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Flora of Zambia: Kyllinga erecta var. erecta

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

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 erecta var. erecta., retrieved 22 May 2024

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