VASCULAR PLANTS OF UPPER NEWPORT BAY

CYPERACEAE

SEDGE FAMILY
Grasslike or rushlike herbs, perennial with rhizomes or annual with fibrous roots. Culms solid or rarely hollow, terete to variously angled. Lvs. mainly basal, alternate, commonly 3-ranked, the blades narrow and sheaths closed. Infl. commonly subtended by 1 or more involucral lvs. and consisting of a terminal spikelet or a cluster of spikelets. Each spikelet of a series of scales (bracts) subtending individual fls. Scales spirally imbricated or 2-ranked, persistent or deciduous. Flowers perfect or unisexual. Perianth represented by several bristles or by an inner hyaline member, or absent. Stamens 1-3. Pistil 1, the ovary superior, 1-loculed, with 1 ovule and a single 2- or 3-fid style. Fruit a triangular or lenticular ak. Embryo minute. Endosperm mealy. A large cosmopolitan family of about 60 genera and 2600 species. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 883).

Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
Bolboschoenus maritimus ssp. paludosus #
Eleocharis coloradoensis #
Bolboschoenus robustus #
Cyperus odoratus #
Cyperus involucratus
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Eleocharis palustris #
Eleocharis parvula #
Isolepis cernuus #
Carex praegracilis #
Cyperus eragrostis #
Cyperus erythrorhizos #
Cyperus esculentus #
Schoenoplectus acutus var. occidentalis #
Schoenoplectus americanus #
Schoenoplectus californicus #
Schoenoplectus pungens #