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Green Kyllinga, Shortleaf Spikesedge

Kyllinga brevifolia Rottb.

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

▲▼ mature, flowering plants

▲▼ mature, flowering plants 

▲▼ mature, flowering plants 

▲▼ globe-like inflorescences with 3 leaves underneath

▲▼ inflorescences 


▲ illustration of rhizomes on mature, flowering plants

Green Kyllinga:

· Caribbean-native, creeping perennial, sedge-like weed of the southeastern crops and lawns—has been found in southwest Missouri

· Grows to about 6 inches tall and can form dense clumps

· Has dark green, triangular stems, and produces rhizomes that may be dark red to purple to help colony spread; does not produce tubers like yellow nutsedge or purple nutsedge

· Inflorescence is a small, unstalked globe-like or rounded conical cluster at tip of stem, with 3 leaves originating right below the inflorescence

· Several native Missouri sedges have globe-like inflorescences, but often have more than one “globe” cluster at tip of stem, and have less than or more than 3 strap-like leaves below globe-like cluster



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