Pycreus mundtii Nees
var. uniceps (C.B. Clarke) Napper

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Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial up to 30 cm high, with long trailing stolons up to 2 m long, rooting copiously at each node and ending in an inflorescence; culm 3-angled, smooth. Leaves up to 21 cm long, spread along the flowering stem. Inflorescence capitate or simple.
Although variable the species can be identified by the presence of leaves on the flowering stem.
var. uniceps: Glumes dark brown to black
Type location:
Notes: For distribution in Zambia, see Pycreus mundtii Agg: varieties not determined.
Haines & Lye (1983) report: ‘sometimes forming a thick turf on the water surface, giving way but not breaking, under the weight of crocodiles and monitor lizards, but treacherous to man’ (quoted by Gordon-Gray).
Growth form(s): creeping sedge
Derivation of specific name: Johannes Leopold Ludwig Mund(1791-1831) botanical collector sent to the Cape to collect plants for the Prussian Army during the Napoleonic wars.
Habitat: Lake shores, sandy river banks, swamps and other wet habitats
Altitude range: Up to 2100 m
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Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 143.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 284 - 287. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pycreus mundtii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Pycreus mundtii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pycreus mundtii var. uniceps., retrieved 1 July 2022

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