Cyperus hystricinus

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Cyperus hystricinus
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Photo by W. A. McAvoy, 2015. The Flora of Delaware Online Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
Species: C. hystricinus
Binomial name
Cyperus hystricinus
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Natural range of Cyperus hystricinus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Bristly flatsedge

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Cyperus retrofractus (Linnaeus) Torrey var. hystricinus (Fernald) Kükenthal

Varieties: none


A description of Cyperus hystricinus is provided in The Flora of North America. Cyperus hystricinus is a perennial graminoid.




C. hystricinus is found in sandhill communities and turkey oak-post oak-hickory-longleaf pine communities. [1] It also has been found in disturbed areas, including recreation areas and near garbage dumps. [1] The species tends to prefer dry, sandy soils and open, sunny conditions. [1]

Associated species include Cyperus plukenetii. [1]


This species has been observed flowering and fruiting in June and August. [1]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Richard Carter, and R. A. Norris. States and Counties: Florida: Okaloosa and Walton. Georgia: Coffee.