African Plant Database

Cyperus laevigatus L. subsp. laevigatus
Information on the genus : Cyperus
Basionym : Cyperus laevigatus L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Juncellus laevigatus (L.) C.B. Clarke (1893)
 Cyperus laevigatus L. (1771)
 Acorellus laevigatus (L.) Palla (1907)
 Acorellus laevigatus (L.) Palla
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyperus teretifolius A. Rich. (1850)
=Cyperus laevigatus var. subaphyllus (Boeckeler) Kük.
=Cyperus subaphyllus Boeckeler (1888)
=Acorellus pallae Kneuck.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb to c. 1 m tall; rhizome long, creeping, to > 30 cm long, 1-5 mm Ø, pale brown to purple-black; culms tufted, crowded, or spaced, in rows, 3-95 cm long, 0,5-4,4 mm Ø, rounded to trigonous, sometimes triquetrous, base covered with short scale
Ecology : (Salt-)lake shores; streambanks, in (temporary) pools and flood areas; near hot springs; often forming dense mats, or vast stands; hollows in coastal dunes; margins of brackish pools; immerged rocks; seepage zones; weed in aquatic biotopes; 0-2800 m alt.
  A very variable species with many synonyms and many varieties described.
  N Africa from Morocco to Egypt; Cape Verde Islands, Namibia, S. Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho; Madagascar, Mauritius. – Pantropical.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Hutchinson, J. & J.M. Dalziel (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3[2]: 293

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 4: 393 (2005).
  • BOULOS, L. & E. LE FLOC'H (2008). Flore de Tunisie: catalogue synonymique commenté
  • Borges P.A.V., C. Abreu & al. (2008). A list of the terrestrial fungi, flora and fauna of Madeira and Selvagens archipelagos. Direcção Regional do Ambiente da Madeira and Universidade dos Açores
  • LE FLOC’H, E., L. BOULOS & E. VÉLA (2010). Catalogue synonymique commenté de la Flore de Tunisie
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Record n°37613 modified 2007-04-24
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