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Kyllinga nemoralis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Kyllinga

40-50, see text

  • Thryocephalon J.R.Forst. & G.Forst
  • Killinga T.Lestib.
  • Hedychloe Raf.
  • Cyprolepis Steud.
  • Lyprolepis Steud.

Kyllinga is genus of flowering plants in the sedge family known commonly as spikesedges. They are native to tropical and warm temperate areas of the world, especially tropical Africa.[2][3] These sedges vary in morphology, growing to heights from 2 centimeters to a meter and sometimes lacking rhizomes. They are closely related to Cyperus species[4] and sometimes treated as part of a more broadly circumscribed Cyperus.[1][5][6]

The genus was named for the 17th century Danish botanist Peder Lauridsen Kylling.

Species include:


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Flora of China, Vol. 23 Page 246, 水蜈蚣属 shui wu gong shu, Kyllinga Rottbøll, Descr. Icon. Rar. Pl. 12. 1773.
  3. ^ Flora of North America, Vol. 23 Page 7, 193, Kyllinga Rottbøll, Descr. Icon. Rar. Pl. 12, plate 4, fig. 3. 1773.
  4. ^ Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  5. ^ Larridon, Isabel; Bauters, Kenneth; Reynders, Marc; Huygh, Wim; Muasya, A. Muthama; Simpson, David A.; Goetghebeur, Paul (May 2013). "Towards a new classification of the giant paraphyletic genus Cyperus (Cyperaceae): phylogenetic relationships and generic delimitation in C4 Cyperus". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 172 (1): 106–126. doi:10.1111/boj.12020.
  6. ^ "Kyllinga Rottb". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 2018-11-01.

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