Cyperus fulvus R.Br.

Prodr. 215 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Slender tufted perennial, occasionally viscid. Culms trigonous or triquetrous, smooth or scabrous, with bases sometimes bulbous, 25–50 cm high, 0.9–2.5 mm diam. Leaves usually septate-nodulose, often curled, often slightly shorter than culms, to 6 mm wide. Inflorescence mostly simple with 3–8 branches to 7 cm long; clusters dense, subdigitate to shortly spicate, hemispherical to globose, to 3 cm diam.; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2–4 much exceeding the inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, 5–20 per cluster, 6–18 mm long, 2–3.5 mm wide in side view, 8–25-flowered; rachilla unwinged to broadly winged, persistent; glume spacing 1.2–1.8 mm; glumes broad-acute with mucro to 0.3 mm long, with 2–4-nerved sides, straw-coloured or golden brown tinged red-brown, 2–3 mm long; stamens 3; style 3-fid. Nut trigonous, obovoid to broad-ellipsoid, yellow-brown, almost as long as glume, 1.5–2 mm long, 0.6–0.9 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

EGU. Also Qld, NSW. New Guinea. Recorded in Victoria only from rocky shores of the Snowy River near the NSW border at Willis.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-05-01
Distribution map
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 fulvus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cyperus fulvus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales