Hypolytrum nemorum (Vahl) Spreng., Syst. Veg. 1: 233 1825. (syn: Albikia schoenoides J.Presl & C.Presl; Albikia scirpoides J.Presl & C.Presl; Ficinia anomala (Retz.) Steud.; Hypaelyptum nemorum (Vahl) P.Beauv.; Hypolytrum amplectens J.V.Suringar; Hypolytrum anomalum (Retz.) Domin [Illegitimate] .; Hypolytrum costato-nux C.B.Clarke; Hypolytrum depauperatum (Ohwi) Ohwi & T.Koyama; Hypolytrum diandrum (Roxb.) A.Dietr.; Hypolytrum ensifolium Willd. ex Kunth; Hypolytrum formosanum Ohwi; Hypolytrum giganteum Wall. ex Nees; Hypolytrum latifolium Rich. ex Pers. …; Hypolytrum microcarpum S.T.Blake; Hypolytrum minus Ridl.; Hypolytrum myrianthum Miq.; Hypolytrum penangense C.B.Clarke; Hypolytrum philippense C.B.Clarke; Hypolytrum quadriglumatum J.V.Suringar; Hypolytrum scabrum Uittien; Hypolytrum schoenoides (C.Presl) Nees; Hypolytrum scirpoides (C.Presl) Merr.; Hypolytrum trinervium Kunth; Hypolytrum viridinux C.B.ClarkeHypolytrum wightianum Boeckeler; Schoenus nemorum Vahl; Scirpus anomalus Retz.; Tunga diandra Roxb.);
Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to W. Pacific (as per WCSP)

Erect, rhizomatous perennials, 60-110 cm tall; rhizome woody, short; culms triquetrous. Leaves basal and 1-3 upper on the culm, 60-95 x 1-2 cm, broadly linear, margins scabrid, apex acute, flattish-plicate, subcoriaceous, midnerve scabrid beneath; sheaths to 6 cm long, mouth truncate. Inflorescence terminal corymbose-panicle, compound to decompound, 3.5-6 cm tall, 4-7 cm across; bracts 2-3, leaf-like, lowest much exceeding the inflorescence. Spikelets 4-6 x 3-4 mm, globose to ellipsoidal. Glumes spiral, 2-2.5 x 1.5-2 mm, ovate-orbicular, obtuse, membranous, light brown. Hypogynous scales 2, hyaline, c. 1 mm long. Stamens 2. Style short; stigmas 2. Nuts 2-3 x 1.5-2 mm, broadly ovate, broadest at slightly below the middle, yellowish-brown.

Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year
In all forest types, also in the plains
Indo-Malesia to Fiji and China
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi




ANAPR16 Cyperaceae for identification : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Family: Cyperaceae
Date: March 2015
Place: Aralam WLS, Kerala

Habit: Herb

It looks like Hypolytrum nemorum 



ID 2 : 14 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 5 Mb. 

Please identify this herb from Kannur District of Kerala. Leaf midrib underside is slightly spinous..

please see my comment in your id 1 thread

Any idea about the family or genus ?


I do not think so. 

Cyperaceae family

Family is Cyperaceae.The genus may be Carex.

Now the same plant has grown further with large sized inflorescence. Hope the identification could be easier…
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This one is Hypolytrum nemorum (Vahl) Spreng. 

The same plant with opened flowers. Hope identity is easy now.
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