1. Family: Cyperaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Carex L.
      1. Carex bequaertii De Wild.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

    Type
    Type: Congo-Kinshasa, Ruwenzori, Lanuri Valley, Bequaert 4677 (BR, holo.)
    Habit
    A stout perennial with stems 0.6–2 m tall and short curved stolons, 2–5 cm long, 1 cm thick covered with hard shiny greyish scales
    Leaves
    Leaf sheaths 15–20 cm long with distinct rim-like ligule Leaf-blades up to 70–80 cm long, 1.2–1.5 cm wide, flat or slightly plicate, glabrous but minutely papillate, margins scabrid above.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of 6–9 long and usually pendulous dark brown spikes born singly at the nodes and often widely spaced. Spikes 4–22 cm long, 7–10 mm wide (always some over 8 cm long) Upper inflorescence bracts 5–15 mm long, the lower leafy.
    Peduncles
    Peducles up to 15(–25) cm long; all spikes similar with few male flowers scattered amongst the predominantly female or upper spikes male and lower female.
    Glume
    Glumes brown with distinctly paler midrib, lanceolate-triangular, 4–9 mm long
    Fruits
    Utricles green, yellowish brown or brown, with dark brown or reddish dots at maturity, ovoid, 3–4 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, with or without a short stalk-like base; beak very short, 0.5 mm long, glabrous, truncate or with short erect lobes not strongly bifid; utricle with 1 rib on one side and ± 3 on the other.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Ethiopia, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Carex bequaertii De Wild. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Pl. Bequaert. 4: 246 (1927)

    Accepted by

    • Míguez, M., Martín-Bravo, S. & Jiménez-Mejías, P. (2018). Reconciling morphology and phylogeny allows an integrative taxonomic revision of the giant sedges of Carex section Rhynchocystis (Cyperaceae) Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society: 1-25.
    • Gehrke, B. (2011). Synopsis of Carex (Cyperaceae) from sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166: 51-99.
    • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
    • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Fl. Eth. 6: 507, fig. 212.182 (1997)
    • Fl. Rwanda 4: 429 (1988)
    • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 377 (1983)
    • Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24 (106): 10, fig. 28 (1963)
    • A.V.P.: 59 (1957)
    • Robyns & Tournay, F.P.N.A. 3: 290, t. 42 (1955)
    • K.B. 1940: 135 adnot. (1940)
    • Pl. Bequaert. 4: 246 (1927)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0