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Kyllinga odorata (Fragrant spikesedge)
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Kyllinga odorata

Kyllinga odorata Vahl

Fragrant Spikesedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Cyperus sesquiflorus, Kyllinga sesquiflora


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Flowers are minute and therefore inconspicuous. The fruit (achenes) are produced in the summer.


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , NM , OK , SC , TX
Native Distribution: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas; Mexico; West Indies; Central America; South America; Asia; Africa; Australia.
Native Habitat: Damp grasslands, 0650'.

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-1228 Collected 2008-11-07 in Liberty County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-07-21
Research By: DEW

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