Galingale - Cyperus longus


    Known as Sweet Galingale because of the aromatic smell of its rhizome. It grows to about 80 cm tall and has its spikelets arranged in an umbel. At the base of this umbel is a long, narrow bract.

    Identification difficulty

    At the edges of lakes and other bodies of still water.

    When to see it

    Flowering July to September

    Life History

    Perennial. Probably originated as an ornamental species and escaped from garden ponds

    UK Status

    Now fairly common over much of England at least.

    VC55 Status

    Now fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. Not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map