Cyperus strigosus L. - Long-scaled Nut Sedge


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Cyperus strigosus - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Cyperaceae


Moist soil. Cultivated ground.




Quebec west to MN and SD, south to FL and TX, and irregularly to the Pacific.


Rhizomatous perennial to 60 cm, occasionally to 1 m. Leaves crowded towards the base, mostly 2-10 mm wide. Spikelets racemose, more than 1 mm wide; scales 3 mm or more long, straw-colored; scale tips overlapping the scale above on the rachis; stigmas 3; Achenes trigonous, longer than broad.


Flowers July to September

Wetland Indicator: Facultative Wetland +

A "weedy" species that is adapted to disturbance.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.


USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (

National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.




 Michael Hough 2009