Cyperus angolensis Boeckeler

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Cyperus angolensis

Lusaka SE 20km., Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch).

Cyperus angolensis

Lusaka SE 20km., Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch).

Cyperus angolensis

Mkushi District, Fiwila
Jan 1958
Record: E.A. Robinson
Photocopy by Mike Bingham

Cyperus angolensis

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Oct 2012
Photo: Lari Merrett

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Common names:
Frequency: Widespread and common
Status: Native
Stoloniferous perennial, up to 100 cm tall, with stolons 1-11 cm long, densely covered by brown multi-veined scales which sometimes split into fibres. Culms solitary, culm base swollen and covered in leaf sheaths. Involucral bracts leaf-like; inflorescence capitate, spikelets crowded, many per head..
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: Open woodland and well-drained grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Ghana, D.R. Congo, Uganda, Tanzania to South Africa and Angola.
Regional:Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 2 May 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. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. (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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 76.

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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 angolensis., retrieved 29 September 2023

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