Kyllinga melanosperma Nees

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Kyllinga melanosperma

Choma N 20 km, Muckle Neuk
Record: EA Robinson
Feb 1954
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus melanospermus (Nees) J.V. Suringar
Kyllinga melanosperma Nees var. melanosperma
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Status: Native
Rhizome creeping, branched, congested; culms triangular, solitary from each node, closely set, culm bases not swollen. Inflorescence a green to golden yellow globose to ovoid head of a single spike; spikelets many, sessile. Nutlet dark, almost black.
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Notes: Red data list status: not threatened, Least Concern.
Derivation of specific name: melanosperma: with black seeds
Habitat: Seasonally swampy grassland
Altitude range: 950 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa and south to the Cape; Madagascar, S.E. Asia, China
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 May 2017

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 115 - 116.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 323 - 325. (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 88.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 120.

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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 melanosperma., retrieved 8 February 2023

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