Tag Archives: Cyperaceae

Cyperus javanicus (Cyperaceae)

A common sedge of wetlands, this species gets over a meter tall. The spikelets of this species are cylindrical.

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Scirpodendron ghaeri (Cyperaceae)

Ostensibly one of, if not the largest sedge in the world. Even if not by it’s height, Scirpodendron could easily claim to be among the most robust and ‘beefed up’ of sedges – a true ‘bodybuilder’ of the ‘sedgeacious’ lineage. … Continue reading

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Cyperus metzii (Cyperaceae)

A very ignored naturalised plant of grassy waysides. This rather diminutive sedge (scarcely 10cm high) has very unique spikelets arranged in a neat head. Up close, the seed can be observed through the glumes (the bracts enclosing the seed), which … Continue reading

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Rhynchospora rubra (Cyperaceae)

A sedge in wet places in savanna. I found this plant in the savannas near Irvinebank and thought it looked like the non-native Cyperus aromaticus but the head was a little larger, with more conspicuous spikelets. A quick check brought … Continue reading

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Cyperus iria (Rice Flatsedge) (Cyperaceae)

A common sedge which is rather distinctive due to the grass-like inflorescence. Specifically, the florets have a superficial resemblance to rice spikelets, which probably explains the common name. Closeup of spikelets.

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Cyperus squarrosus (Bearded Flat Sedge) (Cyperaceae)

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 … Continue reading

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Cyperus breviculmis (Cyperaceae)

Small is awesome, and I found this little Cyperus growing on some sandy ground near the Herberton Visitor Centre. If my identification is correct, the specific epithet is certainly descriptive since ‘beviculmis’ could be taken to mean short culms. This … Continue reading

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