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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.


Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Annuals or perennials, with or without leaves
Culm scapose or nearly so, with or without a node above the base
Leaves usually reduced to sheaths
Involucral bracts leafy and spreading or more usually stem-like and in the same direction as the stem, with or without transverse septa
Inflorescence a dense apparently lateral, but really terminal, cluster of few to many spikelets, less often a more open anthela
Spikelets with many bisexual flowers subtended by spirally arranged glumes
Perianth bristles absent or present and of barbed or smooth needle-like bristles, or more flattened and plumose
Stamens usually 3.
Filaments often persistent
Style 2–3-branched
Nutlet obovoid to round, usually apiculate, smooth or ridged.
Annual species may have basal flowers ± hidden in the lower leaf sheaths, with very long styles protuding from the sheaths, and nutlets larger than those of the aerial florets. Lye described Schoenoplectiella out of Schoenoplectus for those taxa that are more closely related to Eleocharis than to Schoenoplectus. These differ in mostly being annual and producing solitary female flowers in the basal leaf sheaths.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Albania, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Assam, Austria, Azores, Bangladesh, Benin, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil South, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burkina, Burundi, California, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Central European Rus, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colorado, Congo, Connecticut, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, District of Columbia, East Himalaya, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, France, Free State, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Hawaii, Hungary, Illinois, India, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Libya, Louisiana, Madagascar, Maine, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Manchuria, Marianas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nebraska, Nepal, New Brunswick, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sicilia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Uganda, Ukraine, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Extinct in:


Introduced into:

Oregon, Sardegna

Schoenoplectiella Lye appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Lidia 6: 20 (2003)

Accepted by

  • Hayasaka, E. (2012). Delineation of SchoenoplectiellaLye (Cyperaceae), a genus newly segregarted from Schoenoplectus (Rchb.) Palla The Journal of Japanese Botany 87: 169-186.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Not accepted by

  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. [Cited as Schoenoplectus.]


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lidia 6(1): 20–29 (2003)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.