Cyperus croceus Vahl - Baldwin's Flatsedge

Cyperus croceus plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems:

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Leaves:

Cyperus croceus sheathLeaf sheath.

Inflorescence:

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Flowers:

Cyperus croceus spikelets

Flowering - June - November.

Habitat - Wet hammocks, sandhills, marshes, disturbed sites, lawns.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This weedy little species can be found throughout most of Alabama and is probably much more common than is reported. The plant can be identified by its globose clusters of spikelets and long bracts which subtend the inflorescence. It is a common weed in moist lawns.
The genus name Cyperus is from the Greek "cyper(us)" meaning "a rush or sedge."
The species epithet croceus derives from the Greek "croc" and the ancient Greek "krokoeis" meaning "saffron-colored" and probably refers to the color of the fruits. In ancient times, a tunic known as a "crocotula" was worn by Roman women at festivals in honor of Bacchus, whom the saffron color is associated with.

Alabama Distribution:

Cyperus croceus map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 8-20-04.


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