Kyllinga squamulata Thonn. ex Vahl

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Kyllinga squamulata

Protea Hill farm, Lusaka
Mar 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus metzii (Steud.) Mattf. & Kük.
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Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial 6-37 cm tall, with slender root-system, lacking rhizomes or stolons. Culms 3-angled or terete near base. Inflorescence a small sessile irregular head of a single spike; spikelets many, broadly ovoid. Glumes with conspicuous winged and toothed keel.
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Notes: Red data list status: Not threatened
Derivation of specific name: squamulata: scaled (referring to?)
Habitat: Stream banks, lake shores, open grasslands and as a weed of cultivation.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Senegal and Ethiopia to Mozambique and Zimbabwe; Madagascar, India
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 22 May 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 326. Illustration on page 314 (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.

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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: Kyllinga squamulata., retrieved 24 February 2024

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