Amphiscirpus

Oteng-Yeboah

Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 33: 308. 1974.

Etymology: Greek amphi- , doubtful, ambiguous, and Latin scirpus, bulrush
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 27. Mentioned on page 7, 28.

Herbs, perennial, internally mostly solid, without evident air cavities, cespitose or not, rhizomatous. Culms solitary or not, ± terete, tough, wiry. Leaves all basal; sheaths often disintegrating into fibers; ligules ciliate; blades strongly C-shaped in cross-section to subcylindric, tough, wiry. Inflorescences terminal, often pseudolateral, capitate; spikelets 1–6 (–10); involucral-bracts 1–3, spreading or erect, leaflike. Spikelets 5–20 × 3–5 mm; scales 30–60, spirally arranged, each subtending flower, smooth, glabrous, margins ciliolate. Flowers bisexual; perianth of 1–6 bristles, straight, not longer than achene, retrorsely spinulose; stamens 3; styles deciduous, linear, 2-fid. Achenes planoconvex or unequally biconvex.

Distribution

North America, South America

Discussion

Species 1.

Amphiscirpus was segregated from Scirpus (A. A. Oteng-Yeboah 1974) mainly on the basis of the culm anatomy, including the absence of internal air cavities. It differs from all species of Schoenoplectus in its prominently ciliate ligules. Amphiscirpus was treated within the high Andean Phylloscirpus (J. J. Bruhl 1995) and also as a distinct, monotypic genus (P. Goetghebeur and D. A. Simpson 1991).

Selected References

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biconvex;planoconvex +
S. Galen Smith +
Oteng-Yeboah +
shortened +
c--shaped +
glumaceous +  and foliaceous +
2-ranked +  and arranged +
ascending +  and appressed +
parallel +  and divergent +
terete +, rolled +  and plicate +
North America +  and South America +
Greek amphi- , doubtful, ambiguous, and Latin scirpus, bulrush +
hypogynous +  and subtending +
biconvex +  and trigonous +
erect +  and spreading +
multi-ranked +, 2-ranked +, 3-ranked +  and alternate +
cauline +  and basal +
with (1-)3-6(-30) bristles and/or scales +
2-3(-4)-carpellate +
3 (?) +  and 1 (?) +
Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh +
adventitious +
basal +  and proximal +
2-keeled +
disintegrating +
cylindric +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br />) +
septate +, hollow +  and solid +
compressed +, terete +  and trigonous +
papillate +
deciduous +
Amphiscirpus +
Cyperaceae +
rhizomatous +  and solid +
herb +, not +  and cespitose +