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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Iran to Indian Subcontinent.

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Nepal, Royle 48 (B, holo., not found)
Morphology General Habit
Annual.
Morphology Roots
Roots shallow.
Morphology Stem
Stems tufted, dark green and glossy, 4–many, 2–20 (8 fide Lye) cm long (excluding erect inflorescence bract, which may add another 6–26 cm), round, 0.5–0.9 mm thick, ridged, with hardly visible transverse septa
Morphology Leaves
Leaves absent.
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Leaf-sheath pale brown or pale reddish brown, usually without any lobe; often with cleistogamous flowers with long style and nutlets 2–2.5 × 1–1.2 mm, transversely wrinkled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence an apparently lateral cluster of 2–10 sessile spikelets; main inflorescence bract stem-like, 6–26 cm long, flattened, 0.7–1 mm wide, jointed with transverse septa.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets pale reddish brown to pale yellow-brown, ovoid, 4–6 × 2–3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes pale reddish brown with green midrib, ovate, 2–2.5 mm long, slightly concave, apex rounded or very shortly mucronate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet pale brown turning dark brown to black, obovoid, 0.8–1.2 × 0.6–0.8 mm, 3-angled, transversely wrinkled.
Ecology
Seasonally wet grassland, pool/lake/dam edges, usually on mud or sand but sometimes in shallow water; 850–1600 m
Distribution
Flora districts: U4 K4 T2 T4 T7 Range: Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Congo-Kinshasa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana; India

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Tufted annual with few–many crowded stems
Morphology Stem
Stems 2–8 cm long below the inflorescence, or total length 5–25 cm including the bract, 0.5–0.9 mm thick, terete; transverse septa present but not prominent
Morphology Leaves Leaf sheaths
Leaf-sheaths pale to light reddish brown, without blades
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of 2–10 sessile spikelets in an apparently lateral globose cluster; major inflorescence-bract stem-like, 6–17 cm long and 0.7–1 mm thick, somewhat flattened, much longer than the stem
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 4–6 x 2–3 mm, ovoid, variegated pale reddish brown to straw-coloured or with a golden tinge
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes 2–2.5 mm long, ovate and slightly concave, light reddish brown
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with 3 branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlet 0.8–1.2 mm long, obovate, triangular, transversely wavy even on the angles, dark brown to blackish when mature
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Basal flowers sometimes present and producing 2–2.5 mm long nutlets.
Distribution
S3; tropical Africa and India
Ecology
Altitude below 50 m.

[FWTA]

Cyperaceae, Miss S. S. Hooper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Ecology
In shallow water or swampy grassland.
Morphology General Habit
Similar to the preceding species (Scirpus jacobii) but with narrower stems generally longer than the bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Brown papery spreading glumes

Native to:

Afghanistan, Angola, Assam, Botswana, Burkina, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Schoenoplectiella roylei (Nees) Lye appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Royle, J.F. [s.n.], India Schoenoplectus roylei K001057266
Fedtschenko, O.A. [s.n.], Tajikistan Schoenoplectus roylei K001057109
s.coll. [s.n.], India Schoenoplectus roylei K001057265
s.coll. [s.n.] Schoenoplectus roylei K001057267

First published in Lidia 6: 26 (2003)

Accepted by

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Balkrishna, A. (2018). Flora of Morni Hills (Research & Possibilities): 1-581. Divya Yoga Mandir Trust.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 2: 360-550. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lidia 6, 1: 26 (2003).

Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Flora of West Tropical Africa
Flora of West Tropical Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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