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Cyperus aromaticus (Ridl.) Mattf. & Kük.

Family Name: Cyperaceae
Synonyms: Kyllinga polyphylla Willd. ex Kunth, Kyllinga aromatica Ridley
Common Name: Navua Sedge, 水蜈蚣
Full Sun: 6-8h Lots of Water Moderate Water Grass & Grass-like Plant


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Grass & Grass-like Plant


Native Distribution Tropical Africa
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous sedge which forms dense clumps up to 20-50 cm tall.
Foliage Thin, linear leaves mostly emerge from the base of the plant (15 cm long, 3 - 5 mm wide).
Flowers The inflorescence is approximately spherical and composed of numerous spikelets. The inflorescence is initially green, but gradually becomes light brown. About 5 - 7 leaflike bracts occur at the base of the inflorescence in a whorled arrangement. Linear bracts are long and narrow (8 - 20 cm long). The flowering stem is sharply 3-sided.
Fruits Fruits are black, oval-shaped nutlets.
Habitat Occurs in pastures, roadsides and crops as a weed.
Cultivation This species is generally considered a weed and not cultivated.

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

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

Image Repository



Master ID 30768
Species ID 5107
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Species record last updated on: 22 January 2020.