Invasive Alien Species

Species Name: Cyperus brevifolius

Family Name:
Kyllinga brevifolia Rottb.
K. cruciformis Schrad.
Australia, now pan-tropical and also grows in sub-tropical regions
Perennial, with reddish brown rhizomes, 10-30 cm tall. Stem erect, solid, sharply 3-angled, 0.5-1.5 mm in diameter. Leaf sheaths membranous, 5-30 mm long; blade linear mostly shorter than the stem, 1-3 cm x 1-3 mm; 3-4 involucral leaves at the base of the inflorescence. Inflorescence terminal, head-like,  globose to ovoid, 5-10 mm long, with 38-100 spikelets, initially greenish, ultimately straw-colored, to reddish brown, rarely with 1-2 smaller, sessile heads at the base;   spikelets falling off as a unit, 2-3 mm  x 0.8-1.1 mm about 0.3 mm thick; with 2 scales, the lower one enclosing a fertile floret, the upper empty, persistent. Nut biconvex, one of the edges facing to the rachilla, obovate to elliptic, 1-1.5 x 0.5-0.8 mm.
Invaded Habitat:
Road sides, grasslands, damp forest clearings, riverbanks, rice fields, plantations.
Throughout Indonesia
Sunny or partly shaded wetlands, up to 1 500 m altitude, sometimes troublesome.
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