African Plant Database

Pycreus spissiflorus C.B. Clarke
Information on the genus : Pycreus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb with woody rhizome; culms 20-30 cm tall, covered with black leaf sheaths at base; leaves 2/3 the length of culm, c. 3 mm wide; inflorescence a simple anthela with 4-5 rays 0-2,5 cm long, or congested into a head; spikes loose of 3-9 spikelets; these oblong-lanceolate, acute, brownish-yellow, 6-8 x c. 2 mm, flattened, 16-20-flowered; glumes closely packed, elliptic, mucronate; stamens 3; style 2-fid; nutlet small, obovate, biconvex. Description from a unique young specimen.
Ecology : “Resembling some forms of Pycreus globosus Rchb.” = Cyperus flavidus Retz. = Pycreus flavidus (Retz.) T. Koyama (from S Europe - N. Africa, S. Africa, E-wards to E Australia; but differs in the woody rhizome (Fl. Trop. Afr. 8: 304, 1901).
  Known only from the type (A. Whyte s.n.), Mt Mulanje.
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Record n°36264
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