Alert List for Environmental Weeds
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3237 2
About the guide
Cyperus teneristolon is on the Alert List for Environmental Weeds, a list of 28 non-native plants that threaten biodiversity and cause other environmental damage. Although only in the early stages of establishment, these weeds have the potential to seriously degrade Australia's ecosystems.
There is no well-established common name for this species in Australia although 'cyperus' has been suggested. As many species share the common name cyperus, it has been decided to refer to the species here by its scientific name to prevent confusion.
C. teneristolon has become a significant weed of crops of the East African highlands, in particular Kenya. As it is a weed in overseas agricultural areas with climatic and environmental conditions similar to those that occur in Australia, it is seen as a potential threat to Australia's environment and agricultural productivity.