Australian New Crops Info 2016
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Listing of Interesting Plants of the World:

Kyllinga pumila



This species is usually known as:

Kyllinga pumila


This species has also been known as:

Kyllinga pumila var. elatior, Kyllinga pumila var. humilis


Common names:

Low Spikesedge



Trends (five databases) 1901-2013:
[Number of papers mentioning Kyllinga pumila: 14]



Popularity of Kyllinga pumila over time
[Left-hand Plot: Plot of numbers of papers mentioning Kyllinga pumila (histogram and left hand axis scale of left-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box); Right-hand Plot: Plot of a proportional micro index, derived from numbers of papers mentioning Kyllinga pumila as a proportion (scaled by multiplying by one million) of the approximate total number of papers available in databases for that year (frequency polygon and left-hand axis scale of right-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box)] 

[For larger charts showing the numbers of papers that have mentioned this species over years, select this link; there are links to come back from there]



[Total number of keywords included in the papers that mentioned this species: 57]


biodiversity (2), conservation (2), Kyllinga (2), kyllinga brevifolia (2), kyllinga pumila (2), kyllinga squamulata (2), weed biology (2), Aboveground biomass (1), Carex (1), Collection data (1), degradation (1), descriptions (1), Eco-physiology (1), ecosystem (1), Ecosystem recovery (1), flora (1), food selection (1), forest clearings (1), GARP (1), geographical distribution (1), Germination (1), golf courses (1), Gorilla gorilla gorilla (1), growth (1), identification (1), keys (1), kyllinga gracillima (1), kyllinga nemoralis (1), kyllinga odorata (1), lawns and turf (1), lignin (1), minerals (1), Non-native species (1), plant morphology (1), Pseudo-vivipary (1), Republic of Congo (1), Restoration (1), Seed bank (1), Seed dormancy (1), seed germination (1), Soil nutrients (1), Species distribution models (1), Succession (1), temperature (1), United States (1), Vascular plants (1), weed control (1), weeds (1), West Africa (1), wetland (1)


[If all keywords are not here (as indicated by .....), they can be accessed from this link; there are links to come back from there]



Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):
[Please note: When there are only a few papers mentioning a species, care should be taken with the interpretation of these crop use/product results; as well, a mention may relate to the use of a species, or the context in which it grows, rather than a product]


model (52.47), fodder (42.85), timber (2.93), medicinal (0.22), fruit (0.16), poison (0.16), weed (0.12), ornamental (0.10), starch (0.07), cereal (0.05)…..


[To see the full list of crop use/product outcomes, from searching abstracts of the papers that have mentioned this species, select this link; details of the analysis process have also been included; there are links to come back from there]



Recent mentions of this species in the literature:
[since 2012, with links to abstracts; The references from 1901-2013 which have been used for the trend, keyword and crop use/product analyses below, are listed below these references]


Makokha DW, Irakiza R, Malombe I, Le Bourgeois T and Rodenburg J (2017) Dualistic roles and management of non-cultivated plants in lowland rice systems of East Africa. South African Journal of Botany 108, 321-330.

Álvarez-Lopeztello J, Rivas-Manzano IV, Aguilera-Gómez LI and González-Ledesma M (2016) Diversidad y estructura de un pastizal en El Cerrillo, Piedras Blancas, Estado de México, México. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87, 980-989.

Houngbédji T, Dessaint F, Nicolardot B, Shykoff JA and Gibot-Leclerc S (2016) Weed communities of rain-fed lowland rice vary with infestation by Rhamphicarpa fistulosa. Acta Oecologica 77, 85-90.

Pérez-García O and del Castillo RF (2016) The decline of the itinerant milpa and the maintenance of traditional agrobiodiversity: Crops and weeds coexistence in a tropical cloud forest area in Oaxaca, Mexico. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 228, 30-37.

Tomazi AL and Castellani TT (2016) Artificial Perches and Solarization for Forest Restoration: Assessment of Their Value. Tropical Conservation Science 9, 809-831.

Villaseńor JL (2016) Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87, 559-902.

Lye KA and Mesterházy A (2012) Studies in African Cyperaceae 35. Kyllinga carinalaevis sp. nov. from west tropical Africa. Nordic Journal of Botany 30, 385-388.



References 1901-2013 (and links to abstracts):
[Number of papers mentioning Kyllinga pumila: 14; Any undated papers have been included at the end]


Lye KA and Mesterházy A (2012) Studies in African Cyperaceae 35. Kyllinga carinalaevis sp. nov. from west tropical Africa. Nordic Journal of Botany 30, 385-388.

Müller JV (2008) Grassland communities on a Sahelian peneplain in Burkina Faso. Feddes Repertorium 119, 42-62.

Schmidt M, König K and Müller JV (2008) Modelling species richness and life form composition in Sahelian Burkina Faso with remote sensing data. Journal of Arid Environments 72, 1506-1517.

Kalema J and Ssegawa P (2007) The flora of highly degraded and vulnerable wetland ecosystems of Nyamuriro and Doho, Uganda. African Journal of Ecology 45, 28-33.

Allessio Leck M and Schütz W (2005) Regeneration of Cyperaceae, with particular reference to seed ecology and seed banks. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 7, 95-133.

Lye KA and Pollard BJ (2004) Studies in African Cyperaceae 31. Cyperus microcristatus, a new species from Mt Kupe, Cameroon. Nordic Journal of Botany 24, 269-272.

Magliocca F and Gautier-Hion A (2002) Mineral content as a basis for food selection by western lowland gorillas in a forest clearing. American Journal of Primatology 57, 67-77.

Lowe DB, Whitwell T and McCarty B (1998) Temperature influences germination and growth of Kyllinga species. Proceedings of the ... annual meeting., 52.

Olander LP, Scatena FN and Silver WL (1998) Impacts of disturbance initiated by road construction in a subtropical cloud forest in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Forest Ecology and Management 109, 33-49.

Bryson CT, Carter R, McCarty LB and Yelverton FH (1997) Kyllinga, a genus of neglected weeds in the continental United States. Weed technology : a journal of the Weed Science Society of America. 11, 838-842.

Lye KA (1981) Studies in African Cyperaceae 21. New taxa and combinations in Kyllinga Rottb. Nordic Journal of Botany 1, 741-747.


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