Pycreus flavescens (L.) P. Beauv. ex Rchb.
var. flavescens

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Status: Native
Plants medium-sized, up to 50 cm high; inflorescence simple, sometimes almost capitate; glumes 1.6-2.8 mm long, golden-yellow to golden-brown; nutlet 0.7-1.1 mm long, transversely wrinkled.
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Notes: Zimbabwean records of Pycreus flavescens have been placed under subsp. flavescens and rehmannianus. The subspecies of the Zambian plants is not known but we have provisionally also placed them under subsp. flavescens. Subsp. tanäensis occurs in Zambia per FTEA.
Derivation of specific name: flavescens: pale yellow, yellowish; flavus = yellow
Habitat: Swamps, seeps, seasonal pools
Altitude range: 800 - 1850 m
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical, Europe
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30. As Pycreus flavescens

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 89.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 120. as Pycreus flavescens

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Flora of Botswana: Pycreus flavescens var. flavescens
Flora of Caprivi: Pycreus flavescens var. flavescens
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pycreus flavescens var. flavescens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pycreus flavescens var. flavescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pycreus flavescens
African Plant Database: Pycreus flavescens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pycreus flavescens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pycreus flavescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Pycreus flavescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pycreus flavescens
Plants of the World Online: Pycreus flavescens
Tropicos: Pycreus flavescens
Wikipedia: Pycreus flavescens

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: Pycreus flavescens var. flavescens., retrieved 2 October 2023

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