Cyperus pubens Kük.

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Cyperus pubens

Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch
Jan 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Cyperus pubens

Jellis' farm (Lazy J Ranch
Jan 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Mariscus pubens (Kük.) Podlech
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial up to 68 cm tall, with swollen stem base and thick scale-covered stolons. Culm 3-angled, with short white hairs below in florescence, almost glabrous near the base. Leaves up to 44 cm long; leaf-sheath straw coloured above, purplish-brown below, densely set with white hairs. Inflorescence a simple anthela, primary branches 4-6, spikelets in loose spikes, rhachis of spike densely set with white hairs, sessile and on ends of primary branches.
Easily recognised by the white-hairy leaf sheaths.
Type location:
Notes: A grass strongly associated with miombo woodland.
Red data list status:Widespread and common: Not threatened, Least concern
Derivation of specific name: pubens refers to the soft hairiness
Habitat: Miombo woodland on sandy soils; hill slopes.
Altitude range: 900 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Jan
Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe; Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Content last updated: Sunday 12 February 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. Illustrations on pages 226-227 (Includes a picture).

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 pubens

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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: Cyperus pubens., retrieved 23 September 2023

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