African Plant Database

Pycreus scaettae Cherm.
Protologue : Rev. Zool. Bot. Africaines 24: 295 (1934) 
Information on the genus : Pycreus
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Pycreus fibrillosus (Kük.) Cherm.
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyperus fibrillosus var. scaettae (Cherm.) Kük.
 Cyperus scaettae (Cherm.) Reynders (2014)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyperus fibrillosus Kük.
=Pycreus fibrillosus (Kük.) Cherm.
=Pycreus scaettae var. katangensis Cherm.
=Pycreus katangensis Cherm.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial, densely tufted herb; culms 10,5-20-35 cm long, 0,3-0,7 mm Ř, trigonous, smooth, base swollen; leaf sheaths 3,5-6 cm long, old sheaths turning into tough brownish-black fibres, surrounding base of culms and leaves; blades filiform, 7-10 cm long, 0,7-0,8 mm wide, acute, glabrous to minutely scabrid at apex; inflorescence loosely capitate with spikelets in a loose white digitate cluster; spikelets 5-7 per cluster, ± ovoid, 0,8-1,15 cm x 2,2-2,8 mm; glumes pale-brownish-yellow.
Ecology : Hard packed path in Brachystegia woodland; grassland liable to burning; meadow; swampy savanna; river sides; 100-2100 m alt.
  Superficially resembling Cyperus niveus var. tisserantii.
  A species different from P. fibrillosus (Kük.) Cherm. that has a flexuous rachilla hardly visible between the glumes; P. scaettae “has larger spikelets with strongly imbricate glumes and a straight rachilla that is visible between the glumes”.
  ? Also in Ghana.
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