Taxon  Report   2583    
Cyperus esculentus  L.
Chufa flatsedge,  Nut grass, Yellow nutgrass
Cyperus esculentus
© 2008 Louis-M. Landry
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cyperus esculentus
© 2016 Ron Vanderhoff
Cyperus esculentus
© 2009 Vince Scheidt
Cyperus esculentus, a monocot, is a perennial grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Cyperus esculentus
© 2016 Ron Vanderhoff
Communities: (many plant communities), weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Arid West: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed, disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Cyperus esculentus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

Search (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:   (Accessed: Dec 17, 2018).