Cyperus pseudovegetus Steud. - Marsh Flatsedge
Family - Cyperaceae
Base of plant.
Portion of inflorescence.
Flowering - June - October.
Habitat - Marshes, ditches, swamps, sinkhole ponds, railroads.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This fairly distinctive species can be found throughout most of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its spreading inflorescence of compressed spikelets. The scales of the spikelets overlap and hide the linear and slightly curved (falcate) fruits. The scales and fruits of the spikelets are shed individually from the base, ultimately leaving a naked axis. The stems of the plant are glabrous and sharply 3-angled.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 7-25-05.