Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous or tufted perennials. Culms erect, nodeless (in Australia). Leaves basal, often reduced to sheaths. Involucral bracts usually 1, exceeding inflorescence (in Australia). Inflorescence a pseudolateral or capitate sessile head of one to numerous spikelets with numerous flowers; glumes spirally arranged; hypogynous bristles absent; stamens 3; style 3-fid, not enlarged at base, deciduous. Nut trigonous, rarely lenticular, usually obovate, smooth, with a hypogynous cup-shaped or 3-lobed disc deciduous or persistent.

About 60 species, mostly in South Africa, 1 in Australia.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-03-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
Higher taxa
genus Ficinia
Subordinate taxa