Cyperus hemisphaericus ?

sedge growing in turf at Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in a marsh area near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

From Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia: Cyperus is a large genus of about 600 species of sedges, distributed throughout all continents in both tropical and temperate regions. They are annual or perennial plants, mostly aquatic and growing in still or slow-moving water up to 0.5 m deep. The species vary greatly in size, with small species only 5 cm tall, while others can reach 5 m in height. Common names include papyrus sedges, flatsedges, nutsedges, umbrella-sedges and galingales. The stems are circular in cross-section in some, triangular in others, usually leafless for most of their length, with the slender grass-like leaves at the base of the plant, and in a whorl at the apex of the flowering stems. The flowers are greenish, and wind pollinated; they are produced in clusters among the apical leaves. The seed is a small nutlet.

Cyperaceae -- Sedge Family

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Kenya Natural History

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