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Isolepis cernua (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.
Protologue : Syst. Veg., ed. 15 bis [Roemer & Schultes] 2: 106 (1817)
Information on the genus : Isolepis
Basionym : Scirpus cernuus Vahl
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Isolepis cernua (Vahl) Roem. & Schult. var. cernua
 Scirpus cernuus Vahl (1805)
 Eleogiton cernua (Vahl) A. Dietr.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Scirpus savii Sebast. & Mauri (1818)
=*Scirpus arenarius Benth.
=Schoenoplectus cernuus (Vahl) Hayek
=Isolepis chlorostachya Nees
=Isolepis microcarpa Nees
=Isolepis rupestris Kunth
=Isolepis subprolifer Boeckeler
=Scirpus pictus Boeckeler
Taxon infra-specific
Isolepis cernua (Vahl) Roem. & Schult. var. cernua
Isolepis cernua var. setiformis (Benth.) Muasya
Isolepis cernua var. meruensis (R.W. Haines & Lye) Muasya
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tufted annual or short-lived perennial herb; rhizome 1-19x0,3-1,5 mm, ascending, whitish; culms 1-30 cm tall, 0,2-1 mm Ø, without nodes; leaf sheaths 4-30 mm long, 0,3-1,8 mm Ø, brown or green; blades 0,1-22,2 cm long, 0,1-0,7 mm wide; inflorescence pseud
Ecology : Wet areas.
  An almost cosmopolitan distribution and thus has many synonyms. Ornamental; commonly grown in conservatories as a decorative pot-plant, in hanging baskets, or for edging (Europ. gard. flora, ed. 2, 1, Monocot.: 414, 2011).
  N. Africa; S. Africa, Lesotho, SW-most Namibia; temperate areas of the world: Eurasia (absent from SE Asia), Australia, New Zealand, temperate S. America, N. America.

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • MUASYA, A. M. & D. A. SIMPSON (2002). A monograph of the genus Isolepis R. Br. (Cyperaceae). Kew Bull. 57: 294
  • FENNANE, M., M. IBN TATTOU, J. MATHEZ, A. OUYAHYA & J. EL OUALIDI (éd.) (2014). Flore Pratique du Maroc [vol.3] Trav. Inst. Sci. Univ. Mohammed V, Sér. Bot. 3: 475
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