Calflora
Taxon  Report   2588    
Cyperus niger  Ruiz & Pav.
Black cyperus,  Black flatsedge, Brown cyperus
Cyperus niger
© 2003 Steve Matson
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cyperus niger
© 2011 Aaron Arthur
Cyperus niger
© 2009 Doreen L. Smith
Cyperus niger, a monocot, is a perennial grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Cyperus niger
© 2003 Steve Matson
Family: CYPERACEAE  
Genus: Cyperus
Communities: Foothill Woodland, Southern Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Coastal Scrub, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cyperus diandrus var. capitatus
PLANTS: Cyperus melanostachyus
ICPN + PLANTS: Cyperus niger var. capitatus
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More information about  Cyperus niger
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (CYNI2)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 16, 2018).

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