African Plant Database

Cyperus tenax Boeckeler
Protologue : Linnaea 35: 504 (1868)
Information on the genus : Cyperus
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyperus tenax Boeckeler var. tenax
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyperus grantii C.B. Clarke
=Cyperus tenax var. monroviensis (Boeckeler) Kük.
=Cyperus monroviensis Boeckeler (1884)
=Cyperus actinostachys Ridl. (1884)
=Cyperus andongensis Ridl. (1884)
=Cyperus sabulicolus Ridl. (1884)
Taxon infra-specific
Cyperus tenax Boeckeler var. tenax
Cyperus tenax var. pseudocastaneus (Kük.) Kük.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial, densely tufted herb to 73 cm tall, with erect rhizome covered by old basal sheaths and many stiff leaves; culms tufted, 5-68 cm long, 0,6-1,8 mm Ø, rounded; leaves to 33 cm long; sheath straw-coloured to purple, 1,5-7 cm long; blade linear, fla
Ecology : Marshes; seasonally flooded grassland; swampy grassland; mangrove edges; woodland; sandy places; dry pastures; sand dunes along seashore; savannas; in hot sand on river banks; forming great sods on low gravelly hills; 0-1800 m alt. – Fire resistant.
  Variable species with 6 varieties described. “Variation in inflorescence from a branching anthela to a compacted head; in glume colour from fawn to mid-brown to deep blackish-red; in spikelet length (3-20 mm)”.
  Namibia, S. Africa.
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Record n°175638
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