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Cyperus digitatus


Cyperus digitatus Roxb.

Family Name: Cyperaceae
Synonyms: Cyperus hieronymii Barros
Common Name: Finger Flatsedge


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Grass & Grass-like Plant (Sedge (Cyperaceae))
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 0.6 m to 1.5 m


Native Distribution Pantropical, but very common in South America and southern Asia.

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Grass-like sedge.
Flowers Inflorescence stalk is 0.6-1.5 m tall and triangular in cross-section.
Habitat Found on moist soil near ditches, marshes and along shores.

Plant Care and Propagation

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

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Master ID 31352
Species ID 5749
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.