Lipocarpha albiceps Ridl.

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Lipocarpha albiceps

Zambezi Source
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha albiceps

Chakwenga Headwaters
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1964
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Lipocarpha albiceps

Chakwenga Headwaters
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1964
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Frequency: Widespread, not threatened
Status: Native
Perennial with short creeping rhizome; rhizome reddish-brown, to 5 mm wide, covered with reddish-brown scales; stem round or elliptic in cross-section, 10─70 cm tall. Involucral bracts 2─3, the main one spreading and 2─13 cm long, the others reflexed and shorter. Inflorescence a rather dense head of 1─6 confluent ovoid spikes, the terminal one largest; spikelet bracts dark reddish-brown.
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Derivation of specific name: albiceps: ‘white head’, but this is contradicted by the description
Habitat: Boggy or seasonally wet grassland; woodland on sandy soils (higher rainfall zone).
Altitude range: 950 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal and Chad to Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 22 May 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 354.

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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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: Species information: Lipocarpha albiceps., retrieved 2 October 2023

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