African Plant Database

Lipocarpha albiceps Ridl.
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 2: 163 (1884)
Information on the genus : Lipocarpha
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Lipocarpha purpureolutea Ridl.
=Cyperus echinolepis T. Koyama
=Cyperus purpureoluteus (Ridl.) Bauters
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Rhizomatous or tufted perennial herb; rhizome short, covered by red-brown cataphylls; culms 10-60-75 cm tall, 1-3 mm Ø; leaves 10-28 cm long, 1,5 mm wide, ± inrolled; inflorescence terminal, a dense head of 1-6-confluent ovoid spikes; terminal spike 3-15x
Ecology : Thicket-grown pastures flooded in summer; swampy meadows with Ascolepis; spongy slopes with Ascolepis and Glumaceae; open forests; savannas; long-time humid soils; damp places in grassland and woodland; boggy or seasonally wet grassland; ? -950-1900 m alt
  Confusion possible with Kyllingiella microcephala but in Lipocarpha albiceps the bracts (= “glumes”) are dark brown-red at base.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:52 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Hutchinson, J. & J.M. Dalziel (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3[2]: 328
  • Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 89: 21 (1989).
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