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

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.

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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Flora of Botswana: Cyperus dubius
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus dubius
African Plant Database: Cyperus dubius
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cyperus dubius
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyperus dubius
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cyperus dubius
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus dubius
Ispot Southern Africa: Cyperus dubius
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus dubius
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus dubius
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus dubius
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus dubius
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyperus dubius
Tropicos: Cyperus dubius

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyperus dubius., retrieved 21 May 2019

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