Cyperus ustulatus

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Cyperus ustulatus
Cyperus ustulatus 11.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
Species: C. ustulatus
Binomial name
Cyperus ustulatus
  • Mariscus ustulatus (A.Rich.) C.B.Clarke
  • Cyperus ustulatus f. grandispiculosus Kük.

Cyperus ustulatus, also known as giant umbrella-sedge[2] or coastal cutty grass is a species of sedge native to New Zealand. C. ustulatus generally grows in coastal or lowland areas near water on North Island and the Kermadec Islands.[1]

The leaves are wide, shiny and folded. It produces long, dark brown seed heads after flowering in summer. The seed heads are held by a cluster of leaves at the top of the plant.[3]

The Māori name for the plant is toetoe upoko-tangata. The name toetoe by itself generally refers to Austroderia which are in Poaceae, a different family.


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Toetoe upoko-tangata". Greater Wellington Regional Council. Retrieved 2012-04-15.