Dwarf Sedge
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Dwarf Sedge
A Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Dwarf Sedge
Botanical name: Cyperus pumilus    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Cyperus patens, Cyperus divergens,

Dwarf Sedge is an erect, clustered, non-rhizomatous annual herb, with stems 7-18 cm tall, sharply three-angled. Leaves are few, basal, 5-12 x 0.1-0.2 cm, linear, flat, gradually narrowed to long, tapering tip, sheaths 1.5-3 cm long, purplish-brown. Inflorescence are simple to nearly compound, 2-5 cm long and as wide; primary rays 1-5, upto 3 cm long; bracts 3-5, the longest 7-12 cm long. Spikelets are 5-12 x 2-2.5 mm, oblong, pointed, flattened, light greenish. Glumes distichous, closely overlapping, 1-1.5 x 1 mm, ovate-blunt, the midnerve excurrent into a distinct mucro, sharply keeled, 1-2 basal ones empty. Dwarf Sedge is found in Africa, India, SE Asia and Australia. Flowering: all year.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.

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