Cyperus polystachyos Rottb.
Bunchy Sedge

Descr.Icon.Rar.Pl. 39 (1773)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Mixed (Native in Part of Range, Naturalised Elsewhere)
Name Status

Shortly rhizomatous, perennial or annual, grass-like or herb (sedge), 0.15-0.6 m high. Fl. green-brown, Dec or Jan to Feb or Apr to Jul. White or wet black sand. In disturbed damp areas.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 4 November 1993


IBRA Regions
Dampierland, Darwin Coastal, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara, Swan Coastal Plain, Victoria Bonaparte.
IBRA Subregions
Dandaragan Plateau, Geraldton Hills, Hamersley, Keep, Lesueur Sandplain, Mitchell, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Pindanland, Purnululu, Roebourne.
IMCRA Regions
Pilbara (nearshore).
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Ashburton, Bayswater, Broome, Canning, Chittering, Gingin, Gosnells, Halls Creek, Harvey, Karratha, Kwinana, Melville, Mundaring, Murray, Northampton, Port Hedland, South Perth, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Three Springs, Wanneroo, West Arthur, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Many-spike Flatsedge, Field Sedge.

General Biology. Growth form. Sedge. Life form. Perennial. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Water, soil.

Additional information. Origin. Eastern Australia, cosmpolitan origin.

Suggested method of management and control. Try 1% glyphosate + Pulse®. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Active Growth Y Y Y Y Y Y Y     O Y Y  
Flowering Y Y Y Y Y Y Y         Y  
Fruiting Y Y Y Y Y                
Manual Removal Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Herbicide Treatment O O O O O O O       Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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