from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of plants, natural order Cyperaceœ, of about 700 species, very widely distributed, but especially abundant in tropical and subtropical regions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A large genus of plants belonging to the Sedge family, and including the species called galingale, several bulrushes, and the Egyptian papyrus.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the order Cyperaceaesedges, comprising about 600 species on all continents.

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  • noun type genus of Cyperaceae; grasslike rhizomatous herbs; cosmopolitan except very cold regions


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  • These areas are dominated by sedges and grasses such as Cyperus giganteus, Eleocharis geniculata, Rhynchospora trispicata, Hymenachne spp.,

    Beni savanna

  • Cyperaceae such as Cyperus compressus, C. elegans, Scirpus sp.

    Gulf of Guayaquil-Tumbes mangroves

  • Seven major grassland types have been identified, which consitute about 20% of the park's area: Themeda villosa forms a tall grass cover in clearings in the sal forest; Saccharum-Narenga associations grow as mixed and pure stands of tall grass (Saccharum spontaneum is one of the first species to colonize newly created sandbanks); Arundo-Phragmites associations form dense tall stands along stream beds on the floodplain and around lakes; Imperata cylindrica grows prolificallyin areas within the park which were occupied by villages prior to their evacuation in 1964; various short grasses and herbs grown on exposed sandbanks during the dry months and become much more prolific with the outset of rain in May (e.g. Polygonum plebeium, Persicaria spp. and sedges such as Cyperus, Kyllinga and Mariscus spp.); Cynodon dactylon and Chrysopogon aciculatus and other short grasses grow in highest areas near riverine forest all the year round; and low-lying stands of Saccharum spontaneum, which are destroyed by repeated flooding early in the monsoon.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • They are dominated by Cyperus latifolius with C. aterrimus or Hypericum lanceolatum, Alchemilla cryptantha, Anagallis angustiloba and Jussiaea repens.

    Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • On the sands of the Ténéré, there is almost no vegetation except for a few ephemeral annuals growing in response to scattered showers, mainly Tribulus longipetalus, Cyperus conglomeratus and Stipagrostis acutiflora.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Aquatic communities include camalotes, primarily of the genus Eichhornia and Reussia, onagraceae like Victoria cruziana (irupé) with large plate-shaped leaves and white flowers with many petals; we also find Cyperus giganteus (pirí), Typha latifolia and T. Domingensis (totoras) and the beautiful blue-flowered pontederiacea Pontederia lanceolata (cucharero).

    Paraná flooded savanna

  • The Sangha rock pool depressions support aquatic plants such as Nymphaea maculata, Najas graminea, Ottelia ulvaefolia, Cyperus sp.,

    Cliffs of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons), Mali

  • Dominant tree species include Typha angustifolia and Cyperus sp., of which the commonest is C. pilosus.

    Ujung Kulon National Park and Krakatau Nature Reserve, Indonesia

  • Poor in plant species; the most characteristics examples are: Scaevola plumieri, Portulaca pilosa, Cakile lanceolata, Cyperus planifolius, Sporobolus virginicus, Ipomoea pes-capreae and Euphorbia buxifolia.

    Araya and Paria xeric scrub

  • A gallery of Mimosa asperata and Salix chevalieri grows along watercourses above a Cyperus maculatus understory.

    Inner Niger Delta flooded savanna


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