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

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

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