Cyperus nduru Cherm.

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Cyperus nduru

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate before connection with Zambia border, Nyika National Park.

Cyperus nduru

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate before connection with Zambia border, Nyika National Park.

Cyperus nduru

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate before connection with Zambia border, Nyika National Park.

Cyperus nduru

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate before connection with Zambia border, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Cyperus margaritaceus Vahl var. nduru (Cherm.) Kük.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial sedge with tufted culms up to 29 cm tall, growing from a swollen bulb-like base. Leaves few, linear, up to 12 cm long; leaf sheath brown, often black when burnt; margin hairless to scabrid. Involucral bracts 1-3, spreading, lowermost upto 1.5 cm long, not or only slightly exceeding the inflorescence. Inflorescence with 1-6 ovoid, spikelets in a dense head, white or brownish; stamens 3. Nutlet ovoid, 2.4-2.9 mm long, pale brown to olive, smooth.
Notes: Absent from Mapaura & Timberlake (Sabonet 33, 2004) but listed for Zimbabwe in Flora of Tropical East Africa: 179, 2010.
This species is very similar to Cyperus margaritaceus and has been regarded as a variety of that species by some authors. The specimens in the image are considered to belong to C. nduru mainly because of it pyrophytic habit, a characteristic particularly known to occur in this species.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In regularly burnt grassland and wooded grassland, sometimes in woodland or on riverbanks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, CAR, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: ?
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Images last updated: Friday 21 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 300.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 123.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 179.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 110. As Cyperus margaritaceus var.nduru


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Flora of Malawi: Cyperus nduru
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus nduru
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cyperus nduru
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyperus nduru
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyperus nduru
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cyperus nduru
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus nduru
Ispot Southern Africa: Cyperus nduru
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus nduru
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus nduru
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus nduru
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus nduru
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyperus nduru
Tropicos: Cyperus nduru


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyperus nduru.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=185850, retrieved 20 November 2018

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