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This plant is from Sodwana, South Africa.

Author:  Henry Nicholas Ridley, 1884
Family:  CYPERACEAE
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Sand
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2 Centimetres
Height:  40 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Roots
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Cyperus ascocapensis, Bauters, 2014.
Platylepis capensis
Kunth, 1837.
Platylepis dioica Steud.1855

This member of the Cyperaceae family was given this name by Henry Nicholas Ridley in 1884. It is found in the Cape Province and up north towards Mozambique, growing in sand with some water and lots of sun. The thick roots will grow up to two centimetres in diameter, the plant up to 40 centimetres high. The flowers are white.

I'm not sure this will qualify as a caudiciform, but here it is.

The genera name is something with 'leather' and then I'm not sure; fruit or stem? The species name; capensis means: 'of the cape'.


Photo by Robert V. Blittersdorff, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.


And Pondolandcrew.blogspot.com.