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Cyperus lupulinus ssp. macilentus

Cyperus lupulinus (Spreng.) Marcks ssp. macilentus (Fernald) Marcks

Great Plains Flatsedge, Sand Cyperus

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Cyperus bushii, Cyperus filiculmis var. macilentus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Ubiquitous on sand barrens. Fine, wiry foliage with a dense brown seed head. A colonial tuft-forming plant.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time denotes fruiting period for Cyperus spp.


USA: CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cyperus lupulinus ssp. macilentus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cyperus lupulinus ssp. macilentus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cyperus lupulinus ssp. macilentus


Record Modified: 2009-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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