African Plant Database

Cyperus margaritaceus Vahl
Protologue : Enum. Pl. Obs. 2: 307 (1805)
Information on the genus : Cyperus
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyperus margaritaceus Vahl var. margaritaceus
 Cyperus pseudoniveus Boeckeler
 Cyperus margaritaceus var. pseudoniveus (Boeckeler) C.B. Clarke
Taxon infra-specific
Cyperus margaritaceus Vahl var. margaritaceus
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb 10-70 cm tall; culms with swollen bulb-like base, 30-68 cm long, 0,8-1,9 cm Ø, trigonous leaves to 45 cm long; basal sheaths reddish-brown to blackish, covering the base, leaf base on culm pale brown, 2-8 cm long; blade linear, 5-37 cm long
Ecology : ± Bare sandy soils, temporarily waterlogged; open woodland; grassland; riverbanks; often on sandy or loamy soil; often rather abundant; meadows; rocky slopes; also on hardpan soils; copper steppe savannas with low copper content; 0-2000 m alt.
  Near C. niveus. Used as an ornamental.
  Namibia, S. Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland.

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:46 (2012)
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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