Cyperus lhotskyanus Boeck.

Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 5: 498 (1884) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender perennial with ± long rhizome. Culms usually solitary, trigonous to subterete below, smooth, with bases occasionally somewhat bulbous, 20–60 cm high, 1.2–3 mm diam. Leaves occasionally septate-nodulose, shorter than to exceeding culms, to 4 mm wide. Inflorescence simple to compound, with 3–7 primary branches to 11 cm long; clusters spicate to subdigitate, dense, hemispherical to globose, to 2.5 cm diam.; involucral bracts leaf-like, 1–3 about twice as long as inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, numerous per cluster, 6–15 mm long, 2.5–4 mm wide in side view, 6–12-flowered; rachilla unwinged to broadly winged; glume spacing 1.2–1.8 mm; spikelet falling as unit, or rachilla persistent; glumes retuse to acute with mucro to 0.5 mm long, with 2–4-nerved sides, red-brown, 2.6–4 mm long; stamens 3; style 3-fid. Nut trigonous, narrow-obovoid to narrow-ellipsoid, yellow-brown, c. three-quarters as long as glume, 1.8–2.2 mm long, 0.6–0.8 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MuM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Widespread but uncommon (e.g. near Kerang, Horsham, Benalla, Seymour, Walwa and sandy banks of the Snowy River from the NSW border to near its mouth).

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.
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 lhotskyanus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cyperus lhotskyanus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory