African Plant Database

Pycreus aethiops (Welw. ex Ridl.) C.B. Clarke
Information on the genus : Pycreus
Basionym : Cyperus aethiops Welw. ex Ridl.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyperus aethiops Welw. ex Ridl. (1884)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyperus aethiops var. aberdarensis (Kük.) Kük.
=Cyperus aberdarensis Kük. (1925)
=Cyperus aethiops var. tessmannii Kük.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb to 90 cm tall; culms slightly swollen at base, 21-82 cm long, 0,8-2,2 mm Ø, trigonous, smooth, base surrounded by wide blackish leaf sheaths (4-9,5 cm long); blade linear, folded, stiff, sometimes channelled, 18-37 cm x 1,2-3,8 mm, acute, apex ± scabrid; inflorescence simple to compound with primary branches 2-4, 1-3 cm long; spikelets loosely to densely arranged in digitate clusters, sometimes on an elongated axis, the clusters sessile and at end of primary branches; spikelets 8-20 to many per cluster, linear, 0,7-1,5 cm x 1,5-1,9 mm.
Ecology : Brook; swampy grassland; humid savanna on sand; 900-3050 m alt.
  Near P. nuerensis. According to Reynders in Phytotaxa 166: 41, 2014, perhaps conspecific with P. cooperi.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Sudd hydrophyte, Helophyte, Cyperoid- Ht 0.2 - 0.4 m. Alt: 1000 m. Distribution: BOT

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:54 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 114
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 128
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