Cyperus laevigatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Poales Cyperaceae

Scientific Name: Cyperus laevigatus L.
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Smooth Flatsedge
French Souchet à deux épis
Acorellus laevigatus (L.) Palla
Chlorocyperus laevigatus (L.) Palla
Cyperus teretifolius A.Rich.
Juncellus laevigatus (L.) C.B.Clarke
Pycreus laevigatus (L.) Nees
Taxonomic Notes: It is commonly known as' flat Sedge', Smooth Cyperus also know as Makaloa in Hawaii.

A wild, short lived(less than five years) marshy sedge, 1 to 2.5 meter tall, with flattened stem. Leaves half long as stem, linear, acute sheathing and many -  nerved at a base. Spikelets: oviod- ellipsoid in compound umbel. Stamen : one Nut : shortly stipulate.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-03-25
Assessor(s): Gupta, A.K. & Juffe Bignoli, D.
Reviewer(s): Smith, K. & García, N.
Contributor(s): Patzelt, A., Knees, S.G., Neale, S., Williams, L., Flanagan, D., Rhazi, M., Rhazi, L. & Grillas, P.
This is a widespread species with no known major threats. Therefore, it is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Cyperus laevigatus is a subcosmopolitan species found across the tropics and sub-tropics of the world. Its global distribution covers Europe, western and central Asia, north Africa, Macaronesia, tropical America and Australia. Widespread throughout Africa.

Countries occurrence:
Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Australia; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Botswana; Burundi; Cameroon; Canada; Cape Verde; Chad; Chile; Congo; Costa Rica; Cuba; Cyprus; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; France; Gambia; Ghana; Greece; Guatemala; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Jordan; Kenya; Kuwait; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; Peru; Portugal (Madeira); Puerto Rico; Rwanda; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Spain; Sudan; Swaziland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uganda; United States (North Carolina, Texas); Uzbekistan; Viet Nam; Yemen (North Yemen, Socotra, South Yemen)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2400
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Population [top]


No information available.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

It is commonly found growing in moist and shady places on sand on the edge of rivers and ditches. It forms reed beds in swamps. 

Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

The rhizomes are diuretic and its pastes are taken for kidney problems.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

No major widespread threats have been described.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no conservation measures needed.

Citation: Gupta, A.K. & Juffe Bignoli, D. 2013. Cyperus laevigatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T164060A1021320. . Downloaded on 23 September 2018.
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