Pycreus elegantulus (Steud.) C.B. Clarke

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Pycreus elegantulus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park.

Pycreus elegantulus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park.

Pycreus elegantulus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park.

Pycreus elegantulus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Cyperus atronitens Hochst.
Cyperus elegantulus Steud.
Cyperus niger Ruiz & Pav. subsp. elegantulus (Steud.) Lye
Pycreus elegantulus (Steud.) C.B. Clarke var. submelanostachyus Kük.
Pycreus niger (Ruiz & Pav.) Cufod. subsp. elegantulus (Steud.) Lye
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial sedge up to 75 cm high, with tufted culms, growing from slender stolons. Leaves 2-4 per culm, linear, up to 40 cm long with basal sheaths pale brown. Involucral bracts 3-5, leaf-like, spreading, 11-31 cm long. Inflorescence capitate or simple with 1-5 branches up to 5.5 cm long; spikelets in dense clusters, up to 35 per cluster. Spikelets, ovoid, 3.5 - 10 mm long with axis often curved; glumes dark brown to black.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: elegantulus: small and elegant.
Habitat: In swamps, along margins of rivers, wet edges of evergreen forest and in wet areas in grassland.
Altitude range: 1100 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Also in tropical America.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 301. as Pycreus niger elegantulus

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 303 - 304.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 112. As Pycreus niger

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 77. as Cyperus elegantulus elegantulus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pycreus elegantulus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pycreus elegantulus
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pycreus elegantulus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Pycreus elegantulus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pycreus elegantulus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Pycreus elegantulus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pycreus elegantulus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pycreus elegantulus
Tropicos: Pycreus elegantulus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Pycreus elegantulus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109980, retrieved 19 July 2019

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