Cyperus albostriatus Schrad.

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Cyperus albostriatus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Cyperus albostriatus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, nr main 'upper' house

Cyperus albostriatus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, nr main 'upper' house

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Common names:
Perennial sedge. Rhizome elongated, woody. Leaves basal, c. 15 mm wide. Inflorescence branched spreading; involucral bracts 3-4, spreading, up to 25 cm, linear. Spikelets 6 -12 × 1.5-4 mm, pinkish-white, 6-15-flowered. Glumes 4-5 mm, lanceolate with shortly excurrent midrib. Stamens 3. Stigmas 3. Nutlet 2-2.5 × 1.2-1.4 mm, obovoid, triangular, yellowish-brown to olive, minutely papillose.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: albostriatus: white-striped; reference unclear
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Flowering time:Oct - Jun
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

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 87.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 118.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus albostriatus
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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: Cyperus albostriatus., retrieved 29 September 2023

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