Kyllinga crassipes Boeckeler

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Kyllinga crassipes

Picture: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Kyllinga crassipes

Picture: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cyperus bulbipes Mattf. & Kük.
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Status: Native
Perennial sedge, up to 50 cm tall. Culms strongly triangular, 5-15 mm thick, ridged, often with spine-like hairs below the inflorescence. Leaves basal, linear, 10-30 cm long, often with small reddish-brown dots; margin and midrib with spine-like hairs. Inflorescence ovoid to spherical, up to 9 × 10 mm, white. Involucral bracts 2-4, leaf-like, largest 7-15 cm long. Glumes 3-3.5 mm long, often with small reddish-brown dots. Nutlet ovate, flattened, c. 1.5-0.8 mm.
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Derivation of specific name: crassipes: thick-footed or thick-stalked.
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Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

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 88.

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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: Kyllinga crassipes., retrieved 5 February 2023

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