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Species Information

Kyllinga alba Nees
(name current July 2011)
(Kyllinga alba var. alata)
(Kyllinga alba var. alba)

Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Schedule C
Cultural uses
Other uses

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Kyllinga alba - Slender, hairless; 3045 cm high, with several soft basal leaves c 2 mm wide and about half as high as stem. Inflorescence spherical, c 1 cm diam; glumes narrow, pointed, white, papery. Few unequal leaf-like bracts, turned downwards at maturity, surround inflorescence; longest c 4 cm long.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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