Cyperus imbricatus Retz.

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Cyperus imbricatus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kandahar Fishing site 7, Zambezi National Park.

Cyperus imbricatus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kandahar Fishing site 7, Zambezi National Park.

Cyperus imbricatus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kandahar Fishing site 7, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Cyperus flexifolius Boeckeler
Cyperus radiatus Vahl
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial, up to 135 cm tall but usually less, growing from a short woody rhizome. Leaves few, up to 50 cm long with sheaths 3.5-17 cm long, brown or purple; lamina linear, flat, 22-33 cm long, scabrid on margins and main vein. Involucral bracts 5-8, spreading, lowest 27-48 cm long. Inflorescence twice-spicate with 4-8 primary branches branches, 2.5-6 cm long; spikelets 30-80 per spike, golden yellow to brown, sometimes with purplish streaks.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On river banks, stream banks and in swamps and marshes.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, South Africa, East and Southeast Asia and South America.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,S
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Endemic status:
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Browning, J., Gordon-Gray, K.D., Lock, M., Beentje, H., Vollesen, K., Bauters, K., Archer, C., Larridon, I., Xanthos, M., Vorster, P., Bruhl, J., Wilson, K. & Zhang, X. (2020). Cyperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 14 Pages 231 - 232.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 123.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 110.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

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Flora of Botswana: Cyperus imbricatus
Flora of Malawi: Cyperus imbricatus
Flora of Mozambique: Cyperus imbricatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyperus imbricatus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus imbricatus
African Plant Database: Cyperus imbricatus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus imbricatus
Plants of the World Online: Cyperus imbricatus
Tropicos: Cyperus imbricatus
Wikipedia: Cyperus imbricatus

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 imbricatus., retrieved 28 September 2023

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