Bearded Flatsedge
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Bearded Flatsedge
A Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Bearded Flatsedge
Botanical name: Cyperus squarrosus    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Cyperus purshii, Cyperus inflexus, Cyperus versicolor

Bearded Flatsedge is a small sedge, reaching a maximum height of 10-16 cm, There are 1-3 short, thin leaves around the base of the plant. The inflorescence is a single spherical or bunched spike of up to 30 spikelets. Each spikelet is flat and has excurved awns, meaning the tip of each of the two to eight flowers on the spikelet curls outward. The spikelets are bright green to yellowish or brown. The curved awn tips and the small size of this sedge are good identifying characteristics. Bearded Flatsedge is found in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, in the Himalayas at altitudes of 1200-4000 m, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Africa, SW Asia Australia, Central, North, and South America, Europe, Madagascar.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma, Tanveer Khan, Prasad VP Photographed at Ramadevarabetta, Karnataka

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