Cyperus scariosus

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Cyperus scariosus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
C. scariosus
Binomial name
Cyperus scariosus
  • Cyperus corymbosus var. scariosus (R.Br.) Kük.

Cyperus scariosus is a perennial herbaceous plant from Australia and New Guinea.

In India, the name is commonly misapplied to Cyperus pertenuis.


Cyperus scariosus is very similar to C. pertenuis.[1]

Georg Kükenthal thought it was a variety of C. corymbosus.[1]


The species was first formally described by the botanist Robert Brown in 1810.[1] The species C. pertenuis, only collected in Bangladesh and Myanmar (but likely also found in India), was considered a synonym by Charles Baron Clarke in 1894. Rafaël Govaerts considered it a synonym of Cyperus articulatus in 2007, but as of 2012 C. pertenuis is considered an independent species again.[2][3]


It occurs in Papua New Guinea and Australia.[1] It is not known from the Indian subcontinent. There are a four collections of C. pertenuis from Myanmar and Bangladesh,[3] and the species was thus once thought to be native to these countries,[4] such as in a database maintained by Rafaël Govaerts in the early 2000s, which has caused someone maintaining the Plants of the World database to now incorrectly claim the species is introduced in these two countries. The distributional status of this species or C. pertenuis in Java is unclear.[1]

In Australia it occurs in northern, eastern and central Queensland, northern Northern Territory and Western Australia.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Cyperus scariosus R.Br". Plants of the World Online. Kew Science. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  2. ^ Clarke, Charles Baron (1894). "CLXXII Cyperaceae". The flora of British India. Vol. 6. London: L. Reeve. p. 612, 613. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.678.
  3. ^ a b Prasad, V. P.; Simpson, D. A. (1 March 2012). "The status of Cyperus pertenuis and Cyperus scariosus (Cyperaceae)". Kew Bulletin. 67: 93–96. doi:10.1007/s12225-012-9339-7.
  4. ^ a b "Cyperus scariosus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 13 January 2020. Note references are misapplying the name Cyperus scariosus to C. pertenuis