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. Gordon-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): N,S
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).

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.

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: Oxycaryum cubense.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=110810, retrieved 9 December 2023

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