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  Fimbristylis cymosa R.Br.
  Family Name : Cyperaceae

  Synonyms : Fimbristylis melanospora, Fimbristylis obtusifolia, Fimbristylis sintenisii, Fimbristylis spathacea, Scirpus obtusifolius

  Common Names : Button Sedge, Tropical Fimbry

  Chinese Name : 黑果飘拂草

Button Sedge,Tropical Fimbry
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Grass & Grass-like Plant (Sedge (Cyperaceae))
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Plant Shape :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Pantropical. From Mexico, Central America to South America; Africa; thoughout Asia, including islands in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands and Australia.
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Coastal Forest; Disturbed Area / Open Ground)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Common)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Small, clumping terrestrial herb, up to 6.5 cm long, often leaning flat on the ground.
      Foliage: Its leaves are extremely rigid, with its blades 1.5–4 mm wide.
      Stems: Three-angled, thick at the base, lying flat on the ground.
      Flowers: Its inflorescence is a simple or decompound anthela (inflorescence with lateral flowers higher than central flowers). It has numerous spikelets (clustered flowers), oblong to egg-shaped, and 3–6 by 1.5–2.5 mm.
      Fruits: Its nutlet (fruit) is broadly drop-shaped and 3-sided.
      Habitat :
      It grows in dry sandy places along roads, coastal rocky places, near sea level. It occurs locally in Pulau Tekong, Kranji, Tampines, around Sungai Buloh, and Sungai Kadut.
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by seed.
      Etymology :
      Latin fimbri, fringe; Latin stylis, style, referring to the plant’s fringed style; Greek cyma, having flowers borne in a cyme
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      This plant is suitable for growing in open sandy areas as a groundcover in parks and gardens.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Moist Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Shallow Media (8 -10cm)
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Coastal, Beachfront / Shoreline, Groundcover
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Little Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Flowering Period :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Type :
      Indehiscent Dry Fruit (Nut / Nutlet)

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