Cyperus scaettae (Cherm.) Reynders, 2014

Don, Bel Lar Ri, Ers, Enne Th Ba Ut & Reynde, Ma Rc, 2014, Taxonomic changes in C Cyperus (Cypereae, Cyperoideae, Cyperaceae): combining the sedge genera Ascolepis, Kyllinga and Pycreus into Cyperus s. l., Phytotaxa 166 (1), pp. 33-48 : 42

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.11646/phytotaxa.166.1.2

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5699306

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https://treatment.plazi.org/id/03BA1920-E54F-FFDE-4EA0-45A1FB88D6DB

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scientific name

Cyperus scaettae (Cherm.) Reynders
status

 

Cyperus scaettae (Cherm.) Reynders

Basionym: Pycreus scaettae Cherm., Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 24: 295 (Chermezon 1933 publ. 1934).

Lectotype (designated here):— DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Mubeza, 1930, H. Scaetta 58M (hololectotype BR!, isolectotype K!).

Description: — Hoenselaar et al. (2010: 296).

Note: — Cyperus scaettae belongs to a group of species from Zambezian Africa showing thick accumulations of fibres (remains of leaf sheaths) surrounding the bases of the culms and most often inflorescences are reduced, with only a few spikelets set in a single spike. With the description of different taxa showing these characteristics (e.g. Pycreus fibrillosus , P. scaettae , Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ), relatively less attention has been paid to spikelets, glume and nutlet morphology than to the striking culm bases and glume colour. In addition, communication and consultation of type material seemed to have been rather limited in the short period these taxa have been described, combined and synonymised by different authors ( Chermezon 1932, 1933, 1933 publ. 1934, Kükenthal 1921, 1935 –36). Subsequently, species separations and especially synonymisations were not very clear from the beginning and several misinterpretations arose in later publications (e.g. Haines & Lye 1983). Comparision of spikelet characteristics shows Cyperus scaettae clearly differs from C. fibrillosus ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ).

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Tracheophyta

Class

Liliopsida

Order

Poales

Family

Cyperaceae

Genus

Cyperus