Cyperus squarrosus (Bearded Flat Sedge) (Cyperaceae)

Cyperus squarrosus

A small cute sedge a little less that 15cm tall. The spikelets are arranged in heads and individual florets have a tip that curves outwards. This was found outside Skybury Coffee near Mareeba. True to it’s sedgey nature, this small sedge is practically cosmopolitan and has been recorded in in North and South America, Africa, southern Asia and also in Italy. The spikelets have a recurved awn which is very distinctive of the species.

Cyperus squarrosus
Closeup of spikeley head


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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1 Response to Cyperus squarrosus (Bearded Flat Sedge) (Cyperaceae)

  1. Schule says:

    Very interpretive writing

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