Cyperus compressus L.

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Cyperus compressus

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Status: Native
Annual up to 60 cm tall, slender to robust, culms 10-46 cm. long, 1-3 mm wide, 3-angled, glabrous.
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Worldwide distribution: Regional distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Global distribution: western, eastern and southern Africa, Asia, Americas.
Botswana distribution:
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Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 54.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 529. (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 209 - 210. (Includes a picture).

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 Malawi: Cyperus compressus
Flora of Mozambique: Cyperus compressus
Flora of Zambia: Cyperus compressus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyperus compressus

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

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 compressus., retrieved 29 May 2024

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