Kyllinga melanosperma Nees

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Kyllinga melanosperma

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Choma N 12 mi (20 km), Muckle Neuk

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Synonyms: Cyperus melanospermus (Nees) J.V. Suringar
Kyllinga melanosperma Nees var. melanosperma
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Perennial with creeping branched rhizome. Culms are solitary from each node between 12–100 cm long and 1.5–3 mm wide. Leaves few per culm, or one the from uppermost sheath, leaf sheath reddish or purple between 1.5–17 cm long, leaf blade linear and flat 2–12 cm long and 3–4 mm wide, scabrid on margins and midrib, apex acute. Inflorescence green to golden yellow globose to ovoid, head of a single spike 7–12 × 6–10 mm with many sessile spikelets. Glumes green to golden, ovate, 2.6–4 mm long, keel green.
Derivation of specific name: melanosperma: with black seeds
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa and south to the Cape; Madagascar, S.E. Asia, China
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Pages 115 - 116.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 323 - 325. (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 88.

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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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: Kyllinga melanosperma., retrieved 30 May 2024

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