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Kyllinga brevifolia (Shortleaf spikesedge)
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Kyllinga brevifolia

Kyllinga brevifolia Rottb.

Shortleaf Spikesedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Cyperus brevifolius


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)


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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
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
Fruit: Brown

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time denotes fruiting period for Kyllinga spp. Spikelets pale green or reddish brown.


USA: AL , CA , DE , FL , GA , HI , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , OK , PA , SC , TX , VA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1116 Collected 2007-09-15 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 Kyllinga brevifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Kyllinga brevifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Kyllinga brevifolia


Record Modified: 2023-02-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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