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Cyperus multispiceus

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

Cyperus multispiceus R.Booth, D.J.Moore & Hodgon

Booth, R., Moore, D.J, & Hodgon, J. (2009) Austrobaileya 8(1): 42-43. Type: T: Queensland. Cook District: Cotterell River, 13 km S of Vrilya Point, J.R.Clarkson 9882 & V.J.Neldner..

Stem

Plants robust, perennial, glabrous.

Leaves

Leaves 80-120 cm long, 6-15 mm wide. Culms triquetrous, striate 39-76 cm long, 1.4-3.3 mm wide; bases thickened by split, fibrous sheaths.

Flowers

Inflorescence decompound, 10-20 cm long, 12-20 cm wide, diffuse. Spikes 20-80, 10-20 cm long, with 6-10 spikelets. Spikelets 10-20 mm long, 10-40 flowered. Glumes 2-3 mm long. Stamens 3.

Fruit

Nut obovoid, trigonous, faces concave to flat, 1.1-1.7 mm long x 0.7-1 mm wide, brown to golden brown.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ, from Palmerston N.P. in NEQ north to Cape York in CYP (Booth et al, 2009). Altitudinal range uncertain but possibly mostly near sea lebvel. Grows on margins of rainforest and amongst riparian and semi-deciduous vine forest on coarse sandy loams.

Natural History

This species is named for the large number of spikes in the inflorescence, a feature which distinguished it from closely related species such as Cyperus pedunculosus.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Grass

X

RFK Code

4310