Cyperus alternifolius subsp. flabelliformis Kük., Pflanzenr. IV, 20(101): 193 1936. (syn: Cyperus alternifolius var. albovariegatus auct.; Cyperus alternifolius var. flabelliformis (Rottb.) M.R.Almeida; Cyperus alternifolius var. petersianus (Boeckeler) Kük.; Cyperus alternifolius variegatus Hovey; Cyperus flabelliformis Rottb., nom. superfl.; Cyperus flagellatus Hochst.; Cyperus gradatus Forssk.; Cyperus involucratus Rottb.; Cyperus petersianus Boeckeler; Cyperus proximus Steud.);

Tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Algeria, Azores, Bahamas, Baleares, Bangladesh, Bermuda, California, Canary Is., Cape Verde, Chile North, China Southeast, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Is., Corse, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East Himalaya, Egypt, Fiji, Florida, France, Galápagos, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Jawa, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Madeira, Marquesas, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, New York, New Zealand North, Norfolk Is., Ogasawara-shoto, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Sardegna, Society Is., Spain, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Sumatera, Taiwan, Texas, Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is. as per POWO;


27012013 BRS 444: Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.
Location: Lalbag, Bangalore
Date: Dec. 2012
habitat: garden
Habit: grass like?

looks like Umbrella palmCyperus alternifolius
it popps up in disturbed land near water boies and high rain areas in the north eastern India including West Bengal…
the fan/umbrella shaped is very popular with flower arranging ladies esp for ikebana…
lots of seeds are produced, self seeds

It looks like the same as in /species/a—l/cl/cyperaceae/cyperus/cyperus-alternifolius. I saw this plant in Alipore Hort., later i also noticed it growing in the wild, beside a residential house.

Please also see Cyperus involucratus at –
FoC informs while Cyperus alternifolius is naturalized in many tropical areas Cyperus involucratus is widely cultivated.

both names are synonyms I think…?
on dave’s garden page at this page its listed as such… I quote…

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cyperus (sy-PEER-us) (Info)
Species: involucratus (in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tus) (Info)

Synonym:Cyperus alternifolius
Synonym:Cyperus alternifolius subsp. flabelliformis
Synonym:Cyperus flabelliformis

Thank you very much for drawing notice to this cyperus species as have been described in the Dave’s Garden –
Search for the Cyperus alternifolius in The Plant List gives –
Search for the Cyperus involucratus in The Plant List gives –
GRIN has –
Two more sites –

So, i am totally confused.

Yes, Sir, I think it is, more precisely perhaps Cyperus alternifolius subsp. flabelliformis Kük., for its flexuose drooping involucral bracts, as in the KEY in FoC (Cyperus involucratus Rottb.) or illustration in FoP..




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