Cyperus dubius Rottb.

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Cyperus dubius

Victoria Falls
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1955
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus dubius Rottb. var. dubius
Mariscus dregeanus Kunth
Mariscus dubius (Rottb.) Kük. ex C.E.C.Fisch.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial, culms up to 45 cm tall. tufted, crowded; culms 8-40 cm long, bluntly to sharply triangular, bases bulbous. Leaves many, linear, 1-5 mm wide, scabrid on the margins and veins. Inflorescence capitate, green, greenish-white or white tinged green, hemispherical to ovoid.
Type location:
Notes: “The bulbous base is eaten by rodents, francolin and guineafowl, the whole plant is grazed by cattle, sheep, goats and hares.” (FTEA)
Derivation of specific name: dubius: uncertain, doubtful
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout Africa and India.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 February 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 301. as Mariscus dubius dubius

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 129 - 131. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 520. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 186 - 187.

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. As Mariscus dubius and M. dregeanus

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 118.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 183. as Mariscus dubius

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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 dubius., retrieved 5 March 2024

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