Cyperus articulatus L.

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Cyperus articulatus

Sable Farm (David Gordon), Chisamba
Jan 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

Cyperus articulatus

Namwala District, Maala
Record: EA Robinson
Apr 1954
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Common names: Cihoyoka (Nkoya) Kauju (Nyanja) Manyanzya () Mlulu (Nyanja) Tokwe (Tumbuka)
Frequency: Widespread and common
Status: Native
Robust perennial, up to 195 cm tall. Culms few, solitary from the ends of stolons. Stolons pith-filled with transverse rings (septa) at 5-50 mm intervals. Leaves reduced to sheaths. Inflorescence a simple anthela, primary branches 5-8, 1-10 cm long, spikelets in loosely digitate clusters.
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Notes: Spot characters: Readily identified by the presence of septa in the culms.
Derivation of specific name: articulatus = articulated, jointed, presumably referring to the septate culms
Habitat: Swamps, lake shores, wet grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 1550 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 February 2017

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 54.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 208 - 209.

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus articulatus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus articulatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus articulatus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyperus articulatus
Tropicos: Cyperus articulatus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyperus articulatus., retrieved 23 May 2019

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