Cyperus gracilis R.Br.

Prodr. 213 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Small, densely tufted perennial, often proliferating. Culms trigonous, smooth, 10–40 cm long, c. 0.7 mm diam. Leaves not septate-nodulose, shorter than culms, filiform, to c. 1 mm wide. Inflorescence a digitate cluster to 3 cm diam. of 2–7 spikelets, without branches; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2–4 longer than inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, 5–20 mm long, c. 2 mm wide in side view, 8–20-flowered; rachilla not winged, persistent; glumes short-acuminate, excurved, with sides 3–4-nerved, green to pale brown, occasionally tinged yellow, 2–2.5 mm long; stamens 3. Nut trigonous, broad-obovoid to obcordate, dark brown to black, c. three-quarters as long as glume, c. 1.2 mm long, c. 0.8 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

EGU. Also Qld, NSW, Norfolk Is. New Caledonia. Apparently confined in Victoria to dry grassy woodland beside the Snowy River between Willis and Suggan Buggan.

Source: Wilson, K.L. (1994). Cyperaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Cyperus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cyperus gracilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cyperus gracilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory