Cyperus involucratus Rottb.

Umbrella Sedge

Tufted sedge to about 1.5 m tall. Stems ridged, leafless and with brown basal sheaths. Inflorescence a terminal involucre of leafy bracts; summer. Spikes 6-8 mm long, generally pale brown. [C. alternifolius L. subsp. flabelliformis (Rottb.) Kük.]

Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mauritius

It is widely naturalised in the tropics and subtropics and in Australia in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland

Grown for the ornamental foliage as a border, pot or water plant.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Cyperaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Cyperus involucratus 'Gracilis'

A sterile dwarf form of the above growing to less than 0.5 m tall with narrow bracts.

Cyperus involucratus 'Nanus'

Dwarf form.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Cyperaceae
genus        Cyperus L.