Cyperus difformis / a sedge

This tufted sedge is likely to be found in a disturbed area and grows to about 50 cms tall and has reddish roots. The stems of the culms are of triangular cross-section and about the same height as the leaves. The numerous spiklets appear to be bunched into little balls which are supported by little stems all emanating from th top of the culm. From this point there grow two leaf-like bracts – one which is very long and the other much shorter. These little balls of spiklets are quite striking because of the dark red-brown to black colour of the glumes that envelope the seeds. Created: 08/30/2016