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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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).

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 88.

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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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 pectinatus., retrieved 22 February 2024

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