Taxon  Report   2588    
Cyperus niger  Ruiz & Pav.
Black cyperus,  Black flatsedge, Brown cyperus
Cyperus niger
© 2009 Doreen L. Smith
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Cyperus niger
© 2003 Steve Matson
Cyperus niger
© 2011 Aaron Arthur
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
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
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).