452.000 Lipocarpha R.Br.


Goetghebeur, P. & Van den Borre, A. (1989) Studies in Cyperaceae 8. A revision of Lipocarpha, including Hemicarpha and Rikliella. Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 89 1-87

Haines, R.W. & Lye, K. (1983) The Sedges and Rushes of East Africa East African Natural History Society, Nairobi, Kenya

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs with leaves arising from the base. Inflorescence a terminal head of few to many crowded cone-like spikes. Main involucral bracts leafy, erect or spreading. Spike composed of numerous bracts, spirally arranged in 4-5 rows, each bract subtending a flower enclosed by 2 delicate hypogynous scales. Flowers 1-flowered, bisexual. Stamens 1-2. Style 2-3-branched. Nut obovoid.

Worldwide: 8 species in tropical and warm regions, excluding the Pacific.

Zambia: 12 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
albiceps Ridl.N,W,C,SNw,N,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
atra Ridl.C,SC,Lk,SDescription, Image
chinensis (Osbeck) J. KernB,N,C,SLp,Mc,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
comosa J. RaynalCC,LkDescription, Image
echinus J. Raynal[DD]NMcDescription, Image
hemisphaerica (Roth) Goetgh.C,SLk,SDescription, Image
kernii (Raymond) Goetgh.
leucaspis J. Raynal
nana (A. Rich.) Cherm.B,C,SLk,S,WDescription, Image
prieuriana Steud. var. prieuriana
rehmannii (Ridl.) Goetgh.C,SLk,SDescription, Image
robinsonii J. Raynal[DD]Lp,N,C,Lk,S,W

Other sources of information about Lipocarpha:

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Flora of Botswana: Lipocarpha
Flora of Malawi: Lipocarpha
Flora of Mozambique: Lipocarpha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lipocarpha

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lipocarpha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lipocarpha
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lipocarpha
Wikipedia: Lipocarpha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lipocarpha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lipocarpha

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Lipocarpha.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=264, retrieved 9 February 2023

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