Remirea maritima Aubl.

Etymology Genus Unknown
Species From the sea; referring to its coastal habit
Family Cyperaceae
Synonyms Cyperus kegelianus Steud., Cyperus pedunculatus (R.Br.) J.Kern, Lipocarpha foliosa Miq.
Common Names Beach Star
Status Native: Common
Form Herb
Native Distribution Pantropical


Remirea maritima is a sedge can be found on sandy shores. It has stiff, grooved leaves spreading in all directions and ending with a pointed tip. The inflorescence is not stalked and positioned terminally.

Interesting Facts:

While its current status is common, it seems to be isolated at East Coast Park and the southern islands of Singapore. More recent records for the latter includes Sentosa, Pulau Semakau, and Lazarus Island.

Form of the Beach Star at Lazarus Island.

Horizontal stem exposed from the sand.

Form of the Beach Star at Lazarus Island.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-10-14 / Modified: 2017-12-25