Cyperus aromaticus (Ridl.) Mattf. & Kük., Pflanzenr. IV, 20(101): 581 1936. (syn: Cyperus teres (C.B.Clarke) Lye; Kyllinga aromatica Ridl.; Kyllinga erecta var. polyphylla (Willd. ex Kunth) S.S.Hooper; Kyllinga involucrata Bojer ex Baker; Kyllinga macrantha Boeckeler; Kyllinga planiceps C.B.Clarke; Kyllinga polyphylla Willd. ex Kunth; Kyllinga polyphylla subsp. babiensis Wad.Khan & Lakshmin.; Kyllinga teres C.B.Clarke; Kyllinga teres var. aphylla Cherm.);
Tropical & S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Comoros, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Réunion, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre; Introduced into: Andaman Is., Chagos Archipelago, China Southeast, Christmas I., Fiji, India, Malaya, New Caledonia, Nicobar Is., Queensland, Samoa, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Windward Is. as per POWO;

Plant for ID: Ernakulam, Kerala: 10 July 2021: 4 images.
Please help ID this plant that grows in the wild. It’s 40-60 cms tall with thin leaves.
Place: Kerala
Date: 10th July 2021
I am confused between Kyllinga elata and Kyllinga brevifolia.

I am not sure of the ID. Could it be Kyllinga elata, Kyllinga brevifolia or Kyllinga polyphylla?

It is Cyperus aromaticus (Redl.) Mattf. & Kük. (= Kyllinga polyphylla Willd. ex Kunth)




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  Flora of peninsular India Research Gate  CABI

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