Cyperus mapanioides C.B. Clarke

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Cyperus mapanioides

Zambezi Source
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Cyperus mapanioides

Zambezi Rapids
Record: EA Robinson
Dec 1963
Photocopy: Mike Bingham

Cyperus mapanioides

Mwinilunga District, Wanyizenzi
Jan 1991
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus major (Boeckeler) Cherm.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Slender perennial up to 50 cm tall, with thick creeping rhizome, culms sharply 3-angled, sides grooved, glabrous. Involucral bracts 4-7, leaflike. Inflorescence capitate, sometimes loosely so; spikelets 7-20 per head.
Type location:
DR Congo
Notes: “Looks very similar to C. chinsalensis but has more involucral bracts and smaller glumes.” FTEA
Derivation of specific name: mapanioides: Resembling the genus Mapania, a genus of tropical sedges; nothing to do with the mopane tree or mopane woodland.
Habitat: Miombo woodland and wet forest; clearings and footpaths
Altitude range: 400 - 1200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical west and central Africa, southward to Angola, NW Zambia and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb
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Content last updated: Monday 17 July 2017

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 167 - 168.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyperus mapanioides., retrieved 5 March 2024

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