Cyperus haspan

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Cyperus haspan
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
C. haspan
Binomial name
Cyperus haspan

Cyperus haspan is a dwarf papyrus sedge in the Cyperaceae. It is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions in Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia (Iran, India, China, Philippines, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, Australia, South America, West Indies, Central America, southern Mexico and the southeastern United States (from Texas to Virginia).[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

The rhizomatous perennial grass-like sedge typically grows to a height of 0.2 to 0.6 metres (0.7 to 2.0 ft) and has a tufted habit. It blooms between Summer and Spring producing brown flowers.[12]

In Western Australia it is found in wet areas in the Kimberley region where it grows in gravelly sandy-clay alluvium.[12]

There are two recognised subspecies:

  • Cyperus haspan L. subsp. haspan
  • Cyperus haspan subsp. juncoides (Lam.) Kük.[13]


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  11. ^ Flora of North America, Vol. 23 Page 151, Cyperus haspan Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 45. 1753.
  12. ^ a b "Cyperus haspan". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  13. ^ "Cyperus haspan juncoides". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.