Carex hypolytroides

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Carex hypolytroides


Leaves at regular intervals throughout the stem, shorter than the stem, stiff, flattish, or with revolute margins when dry, smooth, or scabrid on the margins, sparsely to rather densely covered with long, pale hairs beneath, 4-8 mm wide; Inflorescence a compound, interrupted panicle, 25-40 cm long;


Annam present, Asia-Tropical: Borneo present, Central Sumatra present, Lumu-lumu present, Mesilau Cave present, Mt Kerintji present, Mt Kinabalu present, Tonkin present
Tonkin, Annam; in Malesia: Central Sumatra (Mt Kerintji), Borneo (Mt Kinabalu: Lumu-lumu, Mesilau Cave). See the distribution map by Raymond, l.c.


The infructescence so strongly recalls a Hypolytrum that Ridley and Gross independently of each other chose the epithet hypolytroides for it.
The male spikelets are inserted laterally, as they are borne from a utriculiform prophyll, and therefore cannot have degraded from an originally terminal position as was supposed by .
Carex hypolytroides is closely related to C. moupinensis Franch.


Nelmes 1951 – In: Reinwardtia: 246
Raym. 1959: p. 21. – In: Mem. Jard. Bot. Montreal: f. 3, 102, f. 31 (map).
Ridl. 1955 – In: Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris n.s.: 96