Pollen and Spore Atlas

Kylinga brevifolia CYPERACEAE

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Pollen / Spore Morphologic Type(s) Surface Pattern(s) Equatorial Size Polar Size
min max mean min max mean
pollen inaperturate psilate 24.0 20.0

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Exine Type(s) tectate
Morphology Notes Psilate/tectate. Irregular, sometimes elongated. Pore aperture poorly defined and thin.

Ecology and Geography

Plant Type Cotyledon Type Floristic Region(s) Habit Terrestrial(s) Habit Aquatic(s)
angiosperm monocot Papua New Guinea (lowland),
Australia (east coast),
Hawaiian Islands,
East Pacific Islands,
Sub-tropical Pacific,
Other outside Australasia
herb emergent

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Vegetation Community(-ties) disturbed/anthropogenic, scrub and/or heathland
Common Name shortleaf spikesedge
Habitat Notes It is native to tropical areas in the Americas but it can be found in warm regions around the world where it is an introduced species. This is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing one to several erect stems to heights up to about half a meter, often much shorter. It produces tiny inflorescences of a few spikelets each which in total are less than a centimeter long. It is sometimes a weed in wet areas such as cultivated land and irrigation ditches. On Rapa Nui (Easter Island)tends to dominate treeless uplands of the island today.
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Curtis 6665

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Collection Site Florida, Polk Co.
Collection Country United States
Collection Date 1900-06-17
Preparation Method Cor, KOH, acet, saf
Slide Medium silicon
Preparation Date 2007-11-30
Microscopic Instrument LEICA DMLB #188768
Collection Notes Processed at the Pollen Laboratory, University of Minnesota, USA from the collecton of Ed Cushing, slide ref. B3655.