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Cyperus eragrostis

Identity

Common name: Pale galingale
Synonyms: C. depressus, C. monandrus, C. vegetus
Origin: South America
Plant type: Herbaceous
Life cycle: Perennial
Code of conduct: Annex I (consensus list)
Invasive status (ISEIA protocol): Watch list
Main ornemental function: Mixed border • Plants for ponds

Description

This plant is a grass-like herb up to 20-70 cm tall. Flowers are yellow-green to reddish coloured. This sedge looks similar to other Carex species.

Spread

C. eragrostis reproduces both by seeds and rhizomes (underground stems). Even a small individual can produce numerous seeds, which can be dispersed over long distances by waterflows or soil movement. The plant is commercialized and spread through nursery activities.

Habitat

Marsh plant found in wet areas, waterways, ditches, marshes, wet meadows. It tolerates full sun or part sun, but no cold temperature

Impact

Species classified B1 in Belgium. Invasive in France and in Spain. Isolated populations is Belgium. The plant can colonise wet habitats of high conservation value and have a high dispersal potential. This sedge can out-compete native species, but it is not documented in scientific literature. For more information about this species, click here

Recommendation

Do not plant, do not buy this species.

Possible native alternatives

Main ornemental function

Mixed border
Plants for ponds

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