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Cyperus pulchellus R. Br.
Information on the genus : Cyperus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sorostachys pulchellus (R. Br.) Lye
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyperus leucocephalus Nees non Retz.
=Cyperus sorostachys Boeckeler
=Cyperus zanzibarensis C.B. Clarke (1894)
=Sorostachys kyllingioides Steud.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb sometimes almost rhizomatous; culms tufted, 6-40 cm long, 0,3-1,5 mm Ø, trigonous, base swollen and covered with fibrous remains of old leaf sheaths; leaves to 18,5 cm long; sheaths pale green to pale reddish-brown, basal sheaths darker, 1-3,5 cm long; blades linear, 2-15 cm long, 1,8-4,2 mm wide; inflorescence white, of 15-60 spikelets in a very dense globose head 0,7-1,5 cm Ø; spikelets ± ovate, 3-7 mm long, flattened.
Ecology : Bushland, grassland on wet soil; edge of pond; sandy-muddy soil; seasonally wet habitats; 300 (? and less) - 1500 m alt.
  C. pulchellus is sometimes confused with Kyllingiella microcephala (Steud.) R. W Haines & Lye, with a similar distribution. C. pulchellus is recognised by its dirty whitish congested inflorescence and distinctly flattened spikelets. Also confused with Ascolepis protea.
  Madagascar; India, Philippines, N Australia. Angola: Pungo Andongo and Huilla.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • PEYRE DE FABRÈGUES B. & J. P. LEBRUN (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort : 332
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 359
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:46 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 109
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 120

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • HUTCHINSON, J. & J.M. DALZIEL (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3[2]: 292
  • HAINES R.W. & K.L. LYE (1983). The Sedges and Rushes of East Africa: A Flora of the Families Juncaceae and Cyperaceae in East Africa, East African Natural History Society, : 173
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