Culms 40-65 cm high, 2 mm thick. Leaves 10-20 x 0.5 cm, stiff; margins scabrid towards the apex; bracts to 8 cm long. Spikelets 0.5-1 x 0.5 cm, obtuse; glumes 2.5 x 1 mm, obtusely acute, keeled, yellow or pale brown. Nut 1.2 x 0.4 mm, obtuse, hardly triquetrous, brown.

Flowering and fruiting: October-November
Marshy areas in grasslands and stagnant pools

Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Lipocarpia chinensis is distributed in Africa, tropical and temperate Asia, and Australia. In India it is found in Assam, Andra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

It is an annual and sometimes a perennial plant. It is a commonly seen plant growing abundantly in ditches, in open marshes places, in seasonally flooded plains, forest clearings and in the rice fields.

Citation: Rehel, S. 2013. Lipocarpha chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <>. Downloaded on 05 July 2014.





Cyperus sp. from Assam : 6 posts by 4 authors.
Attached images may be Cyperus sp. Please ID the plant.
Date : 06.11..2013
Location: Assam
Family : Cyperaceae
Genus & species : Cyperus sp. (??)
Habitat: Grows wild on hill stream.
Habit :Herb

Likely to be Lipocarpha chinensis (Osbeck) J.Kern

I think Lipocarpha chinensis

Yes it is Lipocarpha chinensis (Osbeck) J. Kern