Cyperus sphaeroideus L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans

Globe Kyllinga

Contrib. Natl Herb. New South Wales 4: 378 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender perennial with long slender rhizome. Culms trigonous, smooth, to 50 cm high, c. 1 mm diam. Leaves not septate-nodulose, shorter than culms, 2–3 mm wide. Inflorescence head-like, globose, always solitary, 4–7 mm diam.; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2–4 exceeding inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, from very few to 50 per head, c. 3 mm long, c 1 mm diam., 1–2-flowered, falling as unit; glumes short-mucronate, with smooth or slightly toothed keel, with sides several-nerved, whitish to pale brown, often tinged golden, 2–3.5 mm long; stamens (2–)3. Nut biconvex, obovate, pale brown, c. one-half as long as glume, 1–1.3 mm long, 0.7–0.8 mm wide. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW. Usually in undisturbed damp habitats (often grassy woodland), mostly scattered in the east, but with a few occurrences in the Castlemaine-Bendigo area.

Similar to C. brevifolius but usually taller with inflorescences having fewer spikelets, the keel of the glumes usually smooth, and the stamens 3 or occasionally 2 in number.

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 sphaeroideus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cyperus sphaeroideus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory