Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Cyperus esculentus Linnaeus
(Chufa, Yellow Nut Sedge)

Family: Cyperaceae

Status: Native


Cyperus esculentus is a larger nut sedge with yellow brown spikelets. The rachilla of the spikelet has obvious lateral wings. Cyperus esculentus found at water's edge or in very moist habitat. C. esculentus is easily confused with C. odoratus. However, the mature spikelets of C. odoratus are more densely packed, more reddish in color, and rounder in cross section. Many thanks to Max Licher for helping sort these two species out!
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Cyperus esculentus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Gila Bird Area, Oct. 7, 2008

Cyperus esculentus, winged rachilla, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Sycamore Creek near Cliff, October 22, 2009

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