Cyperus pectinatus Vahl

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Cyperus pectinatus

Shiwa Ngandu
Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Cyperus pectinatus

Record: EA Robinson
Jun 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Cyperus pectinatus

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Jun 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Cyperus pectinatus

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Jun 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Synonyms: Anosporum pectinatum (Vahl) Lye
Cyperus nudicaulis Poir.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial up to 122 cm tall, with a short rhizome, sometimes stoloniferous, culms tufted, erect when young, later curving and eventually touching the ground. Leaf blade absent, the sheath greyish-black to purple, ending in a short triangular limb. Inflorescence capitate, spikelets in a digitate crowded head.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: pectinatus: in the form of a comb.
Habitat: Swamps, lake margins, shallow water, sometimes floating.
Altitude range: 750 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in western, central and southern Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,Mc,C,S,W
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 10 July 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 64.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 522. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 151 - 153. (Includes a picture).

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus pectinatus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus pectinatus
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyperus pectinatus., retrieved 24 March 2018

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