Cyperus distinctus

Common Name(s): Swamp flatsedge

Native to Florida

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Occurs almost always under natural conditions in wetlands, but occasionally found in non-wetlands. Found in most counties of peninsular Florida. A large, robust plant with scabrous stems. (Crow and Hellquist, 2000)

Flat sedges are sedges. Stems solid, often 3-angled, unbranched, leafy at base; leaf blades from tubular sheaths; inflorescences terminal (on stem tips) well above the leaves, spike-like or in many heads, branched; bracts long, leaf-like (growing around the stem just below the inflorescence); spikelets clustered, axis jointed, spikelet scales in 2 rows; fruit a 2- or 3-sided achene (nutlet).

Perennial, rhizomatous. Culms glabrous. Leaves flat, 35-70 cm (14” – 28”) x 4-9 mm (.15” – .35”). Spikelets ovoid, compressed, golden brown to brown, narrowly lanceolate. Achenes slender, brown, spongy, with swollen bases. Fruits in summer. (Flora of North America, Vol. 23)

From video: stems 2-3’ tall, smooth, triangular. Leaf-like bracts around the base of the inflorescence; some longer than the inflorescence. Spherical clusters of spikelets on short and long stalks. Spikelets are flattened, and the scales open away from the spikelet axis.

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