Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4305

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

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont; uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in moist soils of fields, ditches, lawns, shores of ponds and rivers, sand and gravel bars , per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Densely cespitose [tufted, clumping], rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikes whitish-green
Bisexual
Superior ovary
Inflorescences unbranched (the spikes sessile)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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)
Kyllinga odorata

 

COMMON NAME:
Whitehead Sedge


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image of Cyperus sesquiflorus, Whitehead Sedge

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

JK Marlow    jkm180726_3497

July    Greenville County    SC

Furman University