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fragrant spikesedge

Habit Plants perennial, densely cespitose, rhizomatous.

(5–)10–25(–45) cm, smooth.


flat to slightly folded, (6–)10–20(–30) cm × 2–3(–4) mm.


spikes 1–3(–4), whitish, ovoid to ellipsoid, 6–12(–18) × 4–8 mm;

bracts (2–)3–4, horizontal, flat, (2–)3–4, 1–7(–9) cm × (0.5–)1–3(–4.5) mm.


(50–)75–150, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, (1.8–) 2.3–2.8(–3) × 1–1.3 mm;

floral scales whitish, laterally 2–3-veined, broadly ovate, 2–2.5 × (1.3–)1.8–2.6 mm;

stamens 2;

anthers (0.4–)0.6–0.8(–1) mm;

style 0.6–1 mm;

stigmas 0.3–0.6 mm.


reddish brown to dark brown, broadly ellipsoid, 1.2–1.5 × 0.7–0.8(–0.9) mm, base whitish, stipe to 0.1 mm, apex obtuse, apiculate, puncticulate.

Kyllinga odorata

Phenology Fruiting summer.
Habitat Damp grasslands
Elevation 0–200 m [0–700 ft]
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AL; AR; FL; GA; LA; MS; NC; NM; OK; SC; TX; Mexico; Central America; South America; West Indies; Asia; Africa; Australia
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Parent taxa Cyperaceae > Kyllinga
Sibling taxa
K. brevifolia, K. gracillima, K. pumila, K. squamulata
Synonyms Cyperus sesquiflorus, K. sesquiflora
Name authority Vahl: Enum. Pl. 2: 382. (1805)
Source Flora of North America vol. 23, p. 194.
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