Cyperus digitatus Roxb.
subsp. auricomus (Sieber ex Spreng.) Kük.

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Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

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

Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Chinyunyu hotspring
Feb 2001
Photo: Mike Bingham

Cyperus digitatus subsp. auricomus

Mapanza, sandy edge of river
Record: EA Robinson
Oct 1953
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus auricomus Sieber ex Spreng.
Common names: Manyanja (Ila) Manyanja () Manyanja (Tonga: Zambia) Mikaanga () Minyanja (Lenje)
Frequency: locally dominant
Status: Native
Robust perennial, up to 2 m tall; rhizome creeping, woody 1─1.5 cm diameter; culm 77─153 cm long, 3-angled; leaves few, leaf blade 7─19 mm wide. Inflorescence simple to compound, primary branches 3─8, 2.7─12 cm long. Spikelet less than 1 mm across, in crowded clusters on elongated axis, sessile and at the end of primary and secondary branches.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: digitatus: divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
Habitat: Swamp, seasonally wet grassland on alluvial soil.
Altitude range: 350 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 February 2017

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

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

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 244.

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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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 digitatus subsp. auricomus., retrieved 2 March 2024

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