Cyperus alternifolius


Taxonavigation: Poales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Cyperaceae
Subfamilia: Cyperoideae
Tribus: Cypereae
Genera: Androtrichum – Courtoisina – Cyperus – Dracoscirpoides – Ficinia – Hellmuthia – Isolepis – Karinia – Kyllinga – Lipocarpha – Oxycaryum – Pycreus – Scirpoides


Cypereae Dumort., Anal. Fam. Pl.: 65. (1829)

Note: See Larridon et al. (2014) for proposed changes to this tribe, which will be incorporated here in due course, however see eMonocot Team (2015) and Tropicos (2015) where there are differing circumscriptions of Cyperus.


  • Dumortier, B.-C. 1829. Analyse des Familles de Plantes: avec l'indication des principaux genres qui s'y rattachent. 104 pp., Tournay, J. Casterman. BHL Reference page. : 65.
  • eMonocot Team (2015) eMonocot Cyperaceae Cyperoideae (accessed 31 May 2015)
  • Bauters, K., Larridon, I., Reynders, M., Asselman, P., Vrijdaghs, A., Muasya, A. M., ... & Goetghebeur, P. (2014) A new classification for Lipocarpha and Volkiella as infrageneric taxa of Cyperus sl (Cypereae, Cyperoideae, Cyperaceae): insights from species tree reconstruction supplemented with morphological and floral developmental data. Phytotaxa, 166(1), 1-32. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.166.1.1
  • Larridon, I., Bauters, K., Reynders, M., Huygh, W., & Goetghebeur, P. (2014) Taxonomic changes in C4 Cyperus (Cypereae, Cyperoideae, Cyperaceae): combining the sedge genera Ascolepis, Kyllinga and Pycreus into Cyperus s.l. Phytotaxa 166(1): 33–48. DOI:
  • Muasya, A.M., Simpson, D.A., Verboom, A.G., Goetghebeur, P., Naczi, R.F.C., Chase, M.W. & Smet, E. 2009. Phylogeny of Cyperaceae based on DNA sequence data: Current progress and future prospects. Botanical Review 75 (1): 2–21. DOI: 10.1007/s12229-008-9019-3 PDF available online from ResearchGate Reference page
  • Muasya, A.M. , Vrijdaghs, A., Simpson, D.A., Chase, M.W., Goetghebeur, P. & Smets, E. (2009) What is a Genus in Cypereae: Phylogeny, Character Homology Assessment and Generic Circumscription in Cypereae. The Botanical Review 75(1): 52–66 DOI: 10.1007/s12229-008-9018-4 SpringerLink
  • 2015. Cypereae. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 5 June 2015.

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