Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Kyllinga pumila
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Cyperus densicaespitosus

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Monocot, annual

Roots: adventitious, fibrous

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; entire leaf margin; Parallel leaf venation; awl-shaped leaf shape

Inflorescence: spike, head

Flowers: perfect; 3 merous; incomplete, not petals, not sepals; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: achene

Physiology: autotrophic

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is distributed on open soil; gravel bars, muddy stream and pond margins, and wet open woods; Ref. 4 lists as C. tenuifolius.

ILPIN Notes: According to SCS V.2, C. tenuifolius (Steud.) Dandy has two names applied to the same plant, but no more is said. It is listed as this second name in Refs. 4 and 6. Species has a fragrant odor. It has a single flower (with scale) per spikelet. Spikelets are in clusters; clusters in larger semi- globose clusters are in turn gathered into globose heads; involucral bracts exceed head; scales are present. Species is restricted to southern 1/3 of Illinois.

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

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