Cyperus squarrosus L. - Bearded Flatsedge

Umbrella Sedge, Bearded Flatsedge

Cyperus squarrosus plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Cyperus squarrosus baseBase of plant.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Cyperus squarrosus inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Cyperus squarrosus spikeletsSpikelets.

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Lake and pond margins, streambanks. Also in moist areas of glades, bluff ledges, prairies, and open woods. Roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S. and much of the world.

Other info. - This common little species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant is easy to identify in the field because of its small size and squarrose spikelet scales.
C. squarrosus produces a sweet fragrance when bruised or crushed.

Photographs taken in Van Buren, MO., 7-18-03.