Pycreus polystachyos (Rottb.) P. Beauv.
var. laxiflorus (Benth.) C.B.Clarke

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Pycreus polystachyos var. laxiflorus

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Pycreus polystachyos var. laxiflorus

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cyperus polystachyos Rottb. var. laxiflorus Benth.
Cyperus polystachyos Rottb. var. laxiflorus (Benth.) Lye
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Annual or short-lived perennial, sometimes producing small stolons; culms tufted, 18─68 cm long, 1.3 mm wide, 3-angled, smooth. Inflorescence capitate or simple. Spikelets crowded in dense digitate clusters, sessile or at the ends of primary branches.
var. laxiflorus: Inflorescence simple; spikelets clustered at end of primary branches on elongated axis, primary branches 2.7─8 cm long.
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Worldwide distribution: Cosmopolitan in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates.
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 47.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30. As Pycreus polystachyos laxiflorus

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 147 - 148.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 548. as Pycreus polystachyos var. polystachyos (Includes a picture).

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 289 - 291.

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 89.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 120.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pycreus polystachyos
African Plant Database: Pycreus polystachyos
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GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pycreus polystachyos
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pycreus polystachyos
JSTOR Plant Science: Pycreus polystachyos
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pycreus polystachyos
Plants of the World Online: Pycreus polystachyos
Tropicos: Pycreus polystachyos
Wikipedia: Pycreus polystachyos

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: Pycreus polystachyos var. laxiflorus., retrieved 30 May 2024

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