Oxycaryum cubense (Poepp. & Kunth) Lye

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Oxycaryum cubense

Mfuwe Lagoon
Record: B.L. Mitchel
Apr 1965
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Scirpus cubensis Poepp. & Kunth
Common names:
Status: Native
“Relatively small spikelets compacted into heads mostly arranged in anthelate inflorescences surrounded by long leafy bracts, make identification straightforward.“ (K.D. Cordon-Gray)
Type location:
Notes: Widespread but nowhere common.
Safrass project: Probability of occurrence in Zambia: VERY HIGH
Derivation of specific name: cubensis: from Cuba
Habitat: Lakes and lagoons, where it typically occurs as an epiphyte on mats of other floating aquatics; also free-living.
Altitude range: 0 - 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and America, to northern KwaZulu-Natal (Maputaland).
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Thursday 11 May 2017

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 137 - 138. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 545. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 126 - 128. (Includes a picture).

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, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Oxycaryum cubense.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=110810, retrieved 24 February 2018

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