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Cyperus elegans L.
Royal flatsedge

Cyperus elegans
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Descourtilz, M.E., Flore m├ędicale des Antilles, vol. 6: t. 402 (1828) [J.T. Descourtilz]

Family: Cyperaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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Cyperus elegans has been found in the following 11 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Native
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
Lucille Hammock Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Pond Apple Slough Natural Area Present Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported

Cyperus elegans has been found in the following 5 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native
Monroe County (Mainland) Native
Palm Beach County Native

Cyperus elegans has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Coastal Rock Barren
Disturbed Wetland

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Cyperus elegans
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Descourtilz, M.E., Flore m├ędicale des Antilles, vol. 6: t. 402 (1828) [J.T. Descourtilz]