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Cyperus eglobosus K.L.Wilson
Family Cyperaceae
Cyperus eglobosus K.L.Wilson APNI*

Description: Small tufted perennial sedge, occasionally proliferating.

Culms trigonous to terete, smooth, to 50 cm high, c. 1 mm diam. Leaves not septate-nodulose, shorter that culms, to 1.5 mm wide.

Inflorescence a digitate cluster to 20 mm diam. of 4–25 spikelets, without branches, or rarely a solitary spikelet; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2 or 3 much longer than inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, 5–16 mm long, c. 2 mm wide in side view, 6–28-flowered; rachilla narrowly winged, persistent. Glumes acute, with sides 2- or 3-nerved, 1.5–1.7 mm long, whitish to pale brown. Stamens 3. Style 3-fid.

Nut trigonous, ellipsoid to broadly ellipsoid, not much shorter than glume, c. 1 mm long, c. 0.8 mm diam., dark yellow-brown.


Distribution and occurrence: Occurs north from Jervis Bay, NC, CC, SC; Queensland.

Grows in littoral rainforest and woodland behind coastal dunes, on sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

This species has affinities with C. enervis; it is coarser and differs in its ellipsoid nut without a persistent enlarged style base.

Text by K.L. Wilson (1994)
Taxon concept: KL Wilson, Telopea 5: 596-598

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