Cyperus amabilis Vahl

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Cyperus amabilis

Mapanza, in maize field
Record: EA Robinson
Feb 1954
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Annual, slender, 7─31 cm tall; culms solitary or more often tufted, 4.7─27 cm long, 3-angled, glabrous. Inflorescence mostly simple, occasionally capitate, or compound anthelate; primary branches 3─10, 1.5─9 cm long, spikelets in digitate, ovoid clusters, sessile and at the end of primary and where present secondary branches; glumes pale orange-brown.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: amabilis: amiable, lovable, pleasing
Habitat: Seasonally wet habitats, roadside pools, cultivation.
Altitude range: 20 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique.
Global distribution: western, eastern and southern Africa, America, Asia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,E,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 February 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 298.

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

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 158 - 159. (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 87.

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

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus amabilis
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Wikipedia: Cyperus amabilis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyperus amabilis., retrieved 4 March 2024

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