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Cyperus lentiginosus

Cyperus lentiginosus Millsp. & Chase

Latin American Flat Sedge, Latin American Flatsedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Synonym(s): Cyperus tenuis var. lentiginosus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Fruit: Achenes brown.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


Native Habitat: Thickets, open woods.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cyperus lentiginosus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cyperus lentiginosus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cyperus lentiginosus


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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