Cyperus turrillii Kük.

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Cyperus turrillii

Victoria Falls, above falls
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1955
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Cyperus turrillii

Mkushi, Fiwila
Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1958
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Mariscus laxiflorus Turrill
Common names: Sekwa (Ila) Sekwa () Sekwa (Tonga: Zambia)
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial, up to 60 cm tall, without stolons, but with short creeping rhizomes, woody, scaly, forming new plants at regular intervals. Involucral bracts 3-4. Inflorescence simple, with spikelets inserted on main branches. Glumes brown rarely green. Spikelets usually less than 30 mm long, falling off in their entirety when mature.
Type location:
Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Notes: Spot characters: “Easy to recognize by its lax-flowered spikelets and few, often reflexed, spikelets per spike.” (FTEA)
Derivation of specific name: turrillii – for William Bertram Turrill, 1890-1961
Habitat: Brachystegia and Kalahari woodland on sand.
Altitude range: 800 - 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana; elsewhere Angola, D.R. Congo, Tanzania.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 February 2017

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 241.

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 laxiflorus

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

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 laxiflorus

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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 turrillii., retrieved 26 February 2024

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