Cyperus denudatus L.f.
var. denudatus

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Cyperus denudatus var. denudatus

Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch
Feb 2000
Photo: Mike Bingham

Cyperus denudatus var. denudatus

Karubwe Dambo.
Feb 2001
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Abundant
Status: Native
Rhizomatous perennial, bright green. Culms 3-angled and winged 19-89 cm long. Leaves with leaf-sheaths reddish-brown to purple; leaf blades absent or reduced to 1 cm long. Inflorescence a simple or compound anthela, primary branches 5-12. Spikelets shiny brown, sessile and at the ends of primary and secondary branches.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: Although APD recognizes var. aureo-brunneus I don’t have access to a description or key to distinguish it from the nominate subspecies. I propose we therefore follow FTEA in not recognizing the varieties.
Growth form(s): sedge, rhizomatous, erect
Red data list status: abundant and widespread: Least concern.
Spot characters: The absence of leaf blades is characteristic of the species
Derivation of specific name: denudatus: denuded, without leaf-blades.
Habitat: Floodplains. permanently damp grassland, occasionally in shallow depressions in woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in west, central and southern tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 February 2017

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.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 55 - 56.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 530. as Cyperus denudatus (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. illustrations on page 190 (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.

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

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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 denudatus var. denudatus., retrieved 17 July 2024

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