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Cyperus marginatus Thunb.

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Cyperus marginatus

Image 1
22 Sep 2013

Cyperus marginatus

Image 2
20 Dec 2015

Cyperus marginatus

Image 3
02 Apr 2015

Cyperus marginatus

Image 4
02 Apr 2015

Family: Cyperaceae
Full name: Cyperus marginatus Thunb.
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Matjiesgoed, Riet
English common name(s): Desert sedge
Synonym(s): Cyperus blandus Kunth
Cyperus brunneo-vaginatus Boeckeler
Status: Native
Description: Glabrous, stout; rhizome horizontal, thick, woody, often several in. long, with ovate scales; stems 1–2.5 ft. long, terete at the top; leaves none; uppermost sheath produced 0.25–1 in., greenish; umbel compound or simple or congested into 1 head, 1–5 in. in diam.; bracts 2, lower suberect, much shorter than the umbel; spikelets 3–7, digitate (in Baur, 886, nearly all solitary), chestnut-brown, glistening, up to 0.75 by 0.125 in. (usually less than 0.5 in.), 6–38-flowered, strongly compressed, hard; glumes boat-shaped, elliptic, closely imbricate, scarcely nerved; keel excurrent in a short point; margins often glistening, hyaline; stamens 3; anthers linear, not crested; nut 2/5 the length of the glume, ellipsoid, trigonous, brown; style as long as the nut; branches 3, about as long as the style. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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