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Lepironia articulata


Lepironia articulata

Family Name: Cyperaceae


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Aquatic & Hydrophyte (Emergent Aquatic)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Maximum Height 0.4 m to 2 m


Native Distribution Madagascar, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to West Pacific Islands
Native Habitat Aquatic
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form This native sedge is an emergent aquatic plant which grows in dense clumps.
Roots It has a large, securely anchored root system.
Stems This species has thin, blue-green stems that taper to a point at the tip.
Flowers Each stem has a pine cone-like inflorescence 2-3 cm below the stem tip.
Associated Fauna The stems provide a place for emerging dragonflies to perch before taking flight.
Cultivation It can grow aggressively and cover large areas of a landscape.
Ethnobotanical Uses Others: The roots trap sediments in the water and absorb lead which accumulates in the plant tissues.

Landscaping Features

Landscape Uses Phytoremediation (Ground / Water Contaminant(s))

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Black, Brown
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type Indehiscent Dry Fruit , Nut / Nutlet
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Few (1-5)

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Master ID 30063
Species ID 4372
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Species record last updated on: 10 August 2022.