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Common name

Mandarin: 密穗砖子苗 (mi sui zhuan zi miao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Cyperales (91)

        Family: Cyperaceae (20)(family description)

          Genus: Cyperus (8)

            Epithet: compactus Lam. (1)

Synonyms: Cyperus cuadriflorus Llanos, Cyperus cuadriflorus Llanos, Cyperus dilutus Vahl, Cyperus grabowskianus Boeckeler, Cyperus haenkeanus Kunth, Cyperus luzonensis J.Presl & C.Presl, Cyperus septatus Steud., Cyperus spinulosus Roxb., Duval-jouvea diluta (Vahl) Palla, Mariscus compactus (Retz.) Bold., Mariscus dilutus Nees, Mariscus giganteus Boeckeler, Mariscus grabowskianus (Boeckeler) Merr., Mariscus microcephalus J.Presl & C.Presl, Sphaeromariscus microcephalus (J.Presl & C.Presl) E.G.Camus

compactus => compact, close together

cuadriflorus => four-flowered

diluta => pale, washed-out, weak

dilutus => pale, washed-out, weak

giganteus => gigantic, unusually higher than the type

grabowskianus => in honor to Friedrich Johann Grabowski (1857-1929), German plant collector and zoologist in Borneo, Indonesia

haenkeanus => in honor of Thaddäus (Tadeáš) Haenke (1761-1817), Bohemian (now in the Czech Republic) plant collector in South America

microcephalus => small-headed

septatus => having separations or partitions

spinulosus => bearing small spines


Climate: tropical

Habitat: hydrophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: brown, green, orange, yellow

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