African Plant Database

Typha capensis (Rohrb.) N.E. Br.
Information on the genus : Typha
Basionym : Typha latifolia subsp. capensis Rohrb.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Typha latifolia subsp. capensis Rohrb.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Typha latifolia auct. non L.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem erect, 2-4 m tall; leaf-sheaths sometimes purple-spotted within; blade linear, to 2 m x 1-2 cm, tip obtuse, base narrow; inflorescence spike contiguous, rarely separated, male usually much shorter than the female; female spike bright-chestnut or reddish-brown at maturity, 12-32 cm long, 1,4-2,3 cm Ø.
Ecology : Swamps; dams; lagoons; river banks with Polygonum, Rumex, Asteraceae; 0-2000 m alt.
  It is quite likely that T. capensis has arisen through hybridization between T. latifolia and T. domingensis, followed perhaps by polyploidy
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Hydrophyte, Hyperhydate- Ht 2 m. Alt: 3 - 1950 m. Distribution: BOT, LES, NAM, EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, NW, WC, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13: 89

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 82 (1995).
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