TWO NEW AFRICAN CYPERUS SPECIES

October 2007 to June 2008, BSc thesis

Cyperus absconditicoronatus Bauters, Reynders & Goetgh. and C. unispicatus Bauters, Reynders & Goetgh., two new species of Cyperus L. (Cyperaceae) from Angola and Zambia, are recognized. Cyperus absconditicoronatus is a tall species (55-100 cm) characterized by a scaled rhizome, a single terminal capitulum, a ciliated spikelet bract, and deciduous spikelets. Cyperus unispicatus can be recognized by a swollen and fibrous stem base growing from slender rhizomes, a single terminal spike, and short involucral bracts. The taxa are described and illustrated, and differences with the closest resembling species are discussed.
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Relevant publication:
Bauters K, Reynders M, Larridon I, Huygh W, Goetghebeur P. (2010) Two New Species of Cyperus (Cyperaceae) from the Zambezian Region of Africa. Novon 20 (2): 133-138.

Researcher:
Drs. Kenneth Bauters

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Paul Goetghebeur
Prof. Dr. Isabel Larridon
Dr. Marc Reynders

Funding:
Ghent University
Department of Biology
Research Group Spermatophytes