Cyperus mollipes (C.B. Clarke) K. Schum.

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Cyperus mollipes

Choma E, 8 km
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1956
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Cyperus mollipes

Record: EA Robinson
Jan 1958
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus amomodorus K.Schum.
Cyperus circumclusus (C.B.Clarke) Schweinf.
Cyperus globifer (C.B. Clarke) Lye
Cyperus mollipes var. amomodorus (K. Schum.) Kük
Mariscus amomodorus (K.Schum.) Cufod. var. mollipes (C.B.Clarke) Cufod.
Mariscus amomodorus (K.Schum.) Cufod. var. amomodorus
Mariscus amomodorus (K. Schum.) Cufod.
Mariscus circumclusus C.B. Clarke
Mariscus macropus C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Frequency: May be locally common
Status: Native
Tufted perennial, 8-60 cm tall, with a bulbous or tuberous culm-base covered with fibrous old leaf-bases. Culms 3-angled (trigonous), the sides sometimes grooved (triquetrous), glabrous. Inflorescence capitate, hemispherical or irregular, white or cream; spikelets many per head, glumes white.
Type location:
Sudan, Djur
Notes: Goetghebeur does not assign these specimens to any described species, labelling them simply as Cyperus sp.
Derivation of specific name: mollipes: soft foot
Habitat: Open woodland, wooded grassland, rock pavements; may be locally common
Altitude range: 0 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: East Africa from Sudan to Zambia and Malawi, DR Congo.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 17 July 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 180 - 182.

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 circumclusus, M. macropus and M. mollipes

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyperus mollipes., retrieved 8 June 2023

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