Cyperus difformis variable flatsedge Cyperaceae CYDI2*; Q, f;

 

Cyperus difformis.commons.wikipedia.org

Cyperus difformis.commons.wikipedia.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Cyperus difformis is an annual C3 sedge (Li et al. 1999), tufted, stems 20-60 cm tall. 

Leaves few, at base of stems; inflorescence with 2-4 elongate bracts. 

Flower spikes round, to 1.2 cm diameter, densely flowered, very fine, darkish, mealy-looking, spikelets numerous, fine, very small, to 0.8 cm long, 10-40 flowered, flower scales less than 0.1 cm, reddish to brownish along sides, egg-shaped, achene 3-sided, pale yellowish about as long as scale. 

Wetland status: NL, but growing in wet soil. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Old World tropics. 

Habitat: Open wet areas.