Pycreus pumilus (L.) Nees, Linnaea 9: 283 1834. (Syn: Cyperus breviculmis F.Muell. [Illegitimate]; Cyperus commutatus Steud.; Cyperus divergens Chapm. [Illegitimate]; Cyperus gymnoleptus Steud.; Cyperus laxiusculus Steud.; Cyperus leucolepis J.Carey ex C.B.Clarke [Illegitimate]; Cyperus nervulosus (Kük.) S.T.Blake; Cyperus nitens Retz.; Cyperus nitens Vahl [Illegitimate] .; Cyperus obstinatus Steud.; Cyperus patens Vahl; Cyperus pulvinatus Nees & Meyen; Cyperus pumilus L. …..; Cyperus punctatus Roxb. [Illegitimate]; Cyperus pusillus Vahl; Cyperus pygmaeus Retz. [Illegitimate]; Cyperus strictus Wight ex C.B.Clarke [Invalid]; Cyperus terminalis Marsh ex Steud.; Cyperus truncatulus Steud.; Dichostylis nitens (Retz.) Palla; Dichostylis patens (Vahl) Palla; Dichostylis patens (Vahl) Rikli [Illegitimate]; Juncellus leucolepis C.B.Clarke; Juncellus pumilus Peter; Pycreus nitens (Retz.) Nees; Pycreus nitens C.B. Clarke .; Pycreus patens (Vahl) Cherm.; Pycreus pulvinatus (Nees & Meyen) Nees; Pycreus pumilus (L.) Domin .; Pycreus punctatus Govind.) as per The Plant List;
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Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: Cyperaceae- 05042013GS1 Cyperus for ID from Chakrata-GS41 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Cyperus species photographed from Chakrata area. Kindly help in ID.

I think Pycreus pumilus 


cyperaceae id from Hooghly 4/11/12 sk2:
This is growing at ground level in an uncultivated moist land. It is so dwarf that couldn’t find its culm. Moreover, it was hard to clear surrounding grasses and other tiny herbs growing densely along with this cyperus member.

Any chance of Cyperus cuspidatus Kunth?
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : dwarf cyperaceae herb; do not have other statistics
Date : 2/11/12, 10.47 a.m.
Place : Hooghly

It may be Pycreus pumilus


Hooghly yesterday : unknown small cyperaceae :  Attachments (10). 7 posts by 3 authors.
This small, about 15 cm or less, cyperaceae is also growing in front of our school. Failed to find any suggestive id.

This may be young stage of Pycreus pumilus (L.) Nees, as have been identified earlier by …, in – https://groups.google.com/indiantreepix/btmeFftvT_M.

Please let us know how to differentiate cyperaceae from poaceae?

I know nothing (botanical) about them, except that 1) if they have triangular stem/culm they are cyperaceae, 2) if they have round hollow stem they are usually poaceae; except that some may be juncaceae. The following links have more details –


Grass identification-4: 2 high res. images.
Habitat: Near water bodies/marshy area

Habit: Annual herb
Loc- Kota Rajasthan
Date- 31july 2022

CyperaceaeCyperus sp.

Pl. check https://efloraofindia.com/2011/02/23/cyperus/

Any habit image?
Pl. check with Cyperus pumilus L., as per images herein.
I am not sure.


Permission to use photo (Cyperus pumilus) in plant guide:
My name is … and I´m an Associate Professor and researcher at Pablo de Olavide University, in Seville (Spain). We are currently preparing a field guide of the Cyperaceae species in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and are lacking photos of a few species. One of them is Cyperus pumilus. We saw these nice photo by you in eFlora of India
And we were wondering if you would be so kind as to grant us permission to use this photo in our guide. Of course, we would include your credit as the author of the photo.

Forwarding your request to the owners of the images for permission pl.

Please go ahead for my images

Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: Cyperaceae- 05042013GS1 Cyperus for ID from Chakrata-GS41

Certainly Sir, please do feel free to use any image(s) as you like to.

Excellent. Thank you very much for your quick answer. It is very much appreciated.



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