Pycreus polystachyos (Rottb.) P. Beauv.
var. laxiflorus (Benth.) C.B.Clarke

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Pycreus polystachyos var. laxiflorus

Choma E, 8 km
Record: EA Robinson
Mar 1955
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Pycreus polystachyos var. laxiflorus

Mapanza, Simasunda
Record: EA Robinson; 1957
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus polystachyos Rottb. var. laxiflorus Benth.
Cyperus polystachyos Rottb. var. laxiflorus (Benth.) Lye
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Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial, sometimes producing small stolons; culms tufted, 18─68 cm long, 1.3 mm wide, 3-angled, smooth. Inflorescence capitate or simple. Spikelets crowded in dense digitate clusters, sessile or at the ends of primary branches.
var. laxiflorus: Inflorescence simple; spikelets clustered at end of primary branches on elongated axis, primary branches 2.7─8 cm long.
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Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Cosmopolitan in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 February 2017

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 47.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30. As Pycreus polystachyos laxiflorus

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 147 - 148.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 548. as Pycreus polystachyos var. polystachyos (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 289 - 291.

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.

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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 polystachyos var. laxiflorus., retrieved 9 December 2023

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