Cyperus difformis L.

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Cyperus difformis

Record: H.J. van Rensburg
Mar 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Status: Native
Perennial or annual, up to 67 cm tall, culms trigonus, smooth. Inflorescence simple or compound, sometimes almost capitate; spikelets in dense digitate clusters.
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Habitat: Swamps, temporary pools, roadside ditches, salt pans.
Altitude range: 0 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, SE Asia, Pacific
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,E,S
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Content last updated: Monday 26 June 2017

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 531. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 173 - 174.

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. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 182.

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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 difformis., retrieved 25 June 2024

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