Cyperus rotundus L.

  • Family : CYPERACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Cyperaceae
  • Species : Cyperus rotundus
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cyperus rotundus L.
  • Common name : Nut Grass
  • Vernacular name : Mustaka (San.); Nagarmotha, Motha (Hin.); Badra mushti, Tunge hullu, Jai (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : HFP 2390, HFP 2396, HFP 2419
  • Key identification features : A perennial herb with slender rhizome, bearing black fragrant tubers. Stem triangular. Leaves are long and linear. Flowers are in simple or compound clusters on an elongated stalk, reddish brown in colour.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Native : Africa
  • Comments : Weed of moist soils and irrigated lands, plants of the marshes are taller. Tubers are strongly aromatic, used in perfumery and in native medicine.
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern (LC)
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore, Bellary, Bijapur, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Mysore, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada
  • Floras referred : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Seetharam et al., 2000 - Gulbarga; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara


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