OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Cyperus sesquiflorus   FAMILY Cyperaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kyllinga odorata   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-01-003:
Cyperus sesquiflorus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Kyllinga odorata

 

COMMON NAME:
Whitehead Sedge, Fragrant Spikesedge


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image of Cyperus sesquiflorus, Whitehead Sedge, Fragrant Spikesedge

JK Marlow    jkm180726_3492

July    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

1-3(4) ovoid to ellipsoid whitish spikes subtended by (2)3-4 horizontal bracts, per Flora of North America.

image of Cyperus sesquiflorus, Whitehead Sedge, Fragrant Spikesedge

JK Marlow    jkm180726_3497

July    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A mat-forming, aromatic perennial with conspicuously white spikelets, per Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist, 1991).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Cyperus sesquiflorus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kyllinga odorata   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-01-003:
Cyperus sesquiflorus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Kyllinga odorata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

4305

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual/Short-lived perennial?

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Moist soils of fields, ditches, lawns, shores of ponds and rivers, sand and gravel bars, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Densely cespitose [growing in dense tufts, clumping], rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikes whitish-green
Bisexual
Superior ovary

Inflorescences unbranched (the spikes sessile)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nutlet

 

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