Curculigo seychellensis is a perennial plant producing leaves up to 2.5 metres long from a perennial tuber. The petiole can be 30 - 45cm long, armed with spreading prickles[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of a tying material. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
The plant is widespread and locally abundant in the Seychelles, though it is threatened by fires in the dry habitats it favours. Intrinsic factors such as its restricted range and limited dispersal are other potential threats to this species. It is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Indian Ocean - Seychelles.
Damp, shady forests[
]. Occurs in dry rocky areas, usually at mid- or high-altitudes. It is rarely found as a forest understory plant[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants grow best in a stable tropical climate with high annual averages of temperature (23 - 27 °c), and rainfall (2,000mm).
A shade-loving plant, thriving under partly shaded or sunless conditions, with abundant water supply[
]. Prefers a humid, nutrient-rich soil.
Fibre obtained from the leaf is used for making cordage[
]. The leaf, or string made from the leaf, is used for wrapping or binding plugs of tobacco leaves[
Division of rhizomes.
Division of suckers.
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