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Useful Tropical Plants

Cladium jamaicense

Crantz

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Cladium effusum (Sw.)Torr.

Mariscus jamaicensis (Crantz) Britton ex Small

Schoenus cladium Sw.

Schoenus effusus Sw.

Common Name: Saw Grass

Cladium jamaicense
Growing in water
Photograph by: David Eickhoff
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
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General Information

Saw grass is a coarse, grass-like perennial plant growing from 1.5 - 3 metres tall[
315
Title
Flora of Barro Colorado Island
Publication
 
Author
Croat. Thomas B.
Website
http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics/croat/home
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Year
1978
ISBN
0-8047-0950-5
Description
A very good flora of an area in Panama. Written some years ago, so some of the names have been changed. The book is out of print, but the whole flora is now available on the web.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild and used to make a cheap paper[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

315
Title
Flora of Barro Colorado Island
Publication
 
Author
Croat. Thomas B.
Website
http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics/croat/home
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Year
1978
ISBN
0-8047-0950-5
Description
A very good flora of an area in Panama. Written some years ago, so some of the names have been changed. The book is out of print, but the whole flora is now available on the web.

Range

S. America - Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, north through Central America to Mexico.

Habitat

Wet soil and shallow water[
315
Title
Flora of Barro Colorado Island
Publication
 
Author
Croat. Thomas B.
Website
http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics/croat/home
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Year
1978
ISBN
0-8047-0950-5
Description
A very good flora of an area in Panama. Written some years ago, so some of the names have been changed. The book is out of print, but the whole flora is now available on the web.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of moist lowland tropics and subtropics.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The plant is sometimes used for the manufacture of a cheap paper[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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