Cyperus articulatus L.

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Cyperus articulatus

Photo: Mike Bingham
Chisamba district, Chisamba, Sable Farm (David Gordon)

Cyperus articulatus

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Status: Native
Robust perennial, up to 195 cm tall. Culms few, solitary from the ends of stolons. Stolons pith-filled with transverse rings (septa) at 5-50 mm intervals. Leaves reduced to sheaths. Inflorescence a simple anthela, primary branches 5-8, 1-10 cm long, spikelets in loosely digitate clusters.
Derivation of specific name: articulatus = articulated, jointed, presumably referring to the septate culms
Habitat: Swamps, lake shores, wet grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout Africa.
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Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 54.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 208 - 209.

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 87.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 118.

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Flora of Caprivi: Cyperus articulatus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyperus articulatus

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Cyperus articulatus., retrieved 30 May 2024

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