Pycreus lanceolatus (Poir.) C.B. Clarke

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Pycreus lanceolatus

Kaputa District, Kundabwika Falls
Dec 2002
Photo: Mike Bingham

Pycreus lanceolatus

Kaputa District, Kundabwika Falls
Dec 2002
Photo: Mike Bingham

Pycreus lanceolatus

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

Pycreus lanceolatus

Luanshya, Masaiti
Record: A.Angus
Apr 1961
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus lanceolatus Poir.
Pycreus propinquus Nees
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial up to 52 cm high, sometimes appearing to be annual; culms tufted, 3-angled, smooth, the base covered with reddish-brown to purplish bladeless sheaths. Involucral bracts 2-3, leaf-like, stiffly spreading. Inflorescence capitate, with golden-brown spikelets in a dense, digitate, globose cluster.
Type location:
Notes: Similar to Pycreus flavescens, differing in its more coarse and perennial habit.
Derivation of specific name: lanceolatus: lance-shaped, tapered to a point, probably referring to the scabrid leaf apex.
Habitat: Wet grasslands, swamps, river banks.
Altitude range: 0 - 1850 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar, South America
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Monday 11 September 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 291 - 292.

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.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pycreus lanceolatus., retrieved 24 February 2024

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