Cyperus pulchellus R.Br., Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 213 1810. (syn: Cyperus sorostachyus Boeckeler; Sorostachys kyllingioides Steud.; Sorostachys pulchellus (R.Br.) Lye);
Trop. Africa, NW. Madagascar, Malesia to N. Australia (from WCSP)

It is an perennial plant grows in seasonally wet places, temporary swamps and grasslands (Cook 1996). and also it grows along sea coast and river banks (Bhargavan 1989).

Cyperus pulchellus is distributed in Australia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania. In India it occurs in Andra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra (Sindhudurg, Thane), Madhya Pradesh (Bilaspur, Hoshangabad), Orissa, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (Cook 1996, Singh et al. 2001, Lakshminarasimhan  1996).
Citation: Kumar, B. 2013. Cyperus pulchellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T177301A7409344. Link . Downloaded on 14 October 2015.

Images by Prashant Awale – Id by Surajit Koley



Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week ::Cyperaceae » Kyllinga brevifolia?? at Navi Mumbai :: PKA4:: 12 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

This herb was photographed at CBD Belapur hills in July’09.
As per …, this looks like some Kyllinga sp (most probably Kyllinga brevifolia) but needs further validation... 

Family: Cyperaceae

This plant looks different than any Kyllinga species. You can search and check Kyllinga heads in the net. I think it might be Cyperus obtusiflorus (incl. subsp.)  –

  2. important – Ispot
  3. most important – (see the right pane of this page for citation of F. I. and Fl. Br. Ind.)

Thank you,

C. leucocephalus Retz. (of FBI) is BSI’s eflora–  which probably Kyllinga like.

C. leucocephalus non Retz. is BSI’s eflora.
This species probably the non Retz.
Certain Flickr ac has images –
Thank you

BSI species list of Kyllinga can be viewed at link. Google search of each species would provide photographs of each species from authentic source. In fact to my little knowledge no Kyllinga can have so many florets per spikelet.
Unfortunately macro of heads are not available at –

Thank you

This is Sorostachys pulchellus (R. Br.) Lye of BSI, the current accepted name is C. pulchellus R. Br. and I hope this is the species image –

It is Cyperus leucocephalus Retz.

Attached here related FBI entry of Sorostachys leucocephalus  (Retz.) Lye (

One difference I find –

  1. spikelets 10-20 flowered = pulchellus Non Retz.
  2. spikelets 8-12 flowered = leucocephalous Retz. (ref. Biodiversity Library and page 11 of Archive)
Please check the specimen as per above key/description.
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Cyperus leucocephalus and C. pulchellus are very similar, difficult to differentiate unless the specimens are studied. Both were treated under Sorostachys by earlier workers, but now under Cyperus. I think … is correct, it is  C. pulchellus, usually found in Western India.


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