Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4047

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in sandhills, sandy woodlands, thin soils of rock outcrops, and dry, disturbed areas., per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nutlet

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Cyperus plukenetii   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cyperus plukenetii   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-01-034:
Cyperus plukenetii   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cyperus retrofractus

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Cyperus retrofractus var. retrofractus

 

COMMON NAME:
Starburst Flatsedge, Plukenet’s Flatsedge, Plukenet’s Sedge


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image of Cyperus plukenetii

JK Marlow    jkm161001_050

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

The peduncles are of unequal length, the bracts shorter than longest peduncle, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Cyperus plukenetii

JK Marlow    jkm161001_055

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Spikes strongly obovate, composed of many sharp, backward-oriented scales, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.