Cyperus niveus Retz.
var. leucocephalus (Kunth) Fosberg

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Cyperus niveus var. leucocephalus

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Feb 2009
Photo: Lari Merret

Cyperus niveus var. leucocephalus

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Dec 2007
Photo: Lari Merret

Cyperus niveus var. leucocephalus

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Mar 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Synonyms: Cyperus ledermannii (Kük.) Hooper
Cyperus niveus var. ledermannii (Kük.) Lye
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial up to 118 cm tall, culms crowded, bases swollen and fused into a horizontal rhizome. Leaf blade1.4-8 mm wide, spikelets many per head (cf. var. tisserentii)
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: Namwala, open grassland above dambo. Erect tufted perennial; spikelet pure white and not twisted as in all the examples of C. margaritaceus around here. 9.i.1957,Robinson 2098 (MRSC).
Red data list status: Least concern
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Miombo woodland, dry grassland, stony slopes, shallow soil over rock, dry river-beds.
Altitude range: 0 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and extending to South African Western Cape Province.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,E,Lk,S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 27 June 2017

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

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 168 - 171.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyperus niveus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyperus niveus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyperus niveus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus niveus
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyperus niveus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyperus niveus
Plants of the World Online: Cyperus niveus
Tropicos: Cyperus niveus
Wikipedia: Cyperus niveus

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: Cyperus niveus var. leucocephalus., retrieved 22 May 2024

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