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Useful Tropical Plants

Cyperus bulbosus

Vahl

Cyperaceae


Apart from the characteristic tubers, this species may easily be confused with Cyperus rotundus, but can be distinguished by the imperfection of the inflorescence, the spaced lower bracts, and the more distinctly nerved glumes[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

+ Synonyms

Cyperus bulbiferus A.Dietr.

Cyperus geminatus J.Koenig ex Ainslie

Cyperus jeminicus Retz.

Cyperus laxus R.Br.

Cyperus oleraceus Roxb. ex Nees

Cyperus polyphyllus Vahl

Cyperus rotundus pendulus Nees

Cyperus stolonifer Willd. ex Kunth

Cyperus subulatus confertus Benth.

Cyperus yemenicus Spreng.

Common Name:

Cyperus bulbosus

General Information

Cyperus bulbosus is a perennial, grass-like plant producing culms 15 - 30cm tall from underground tubers 10 - 15mm long[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

Scattered in tropical and subtropical regions from Africa through Arabia and Asia to India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia.

Habitat

On dry sandy soil, usually near the sea in Malaysia[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

In countries where the species is common the young tubers are eaten[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
The characteristic (economic) feature of the plant is the tuberous rhizomes (often called bulbils) that it produces. These are not much larger than grains of rice, and since they are borne on long, thin, non-persistent shoots they are found in great abundance in the soil, free from each other and free from the parent plant. They are accordingly collected by sifting the sandy soil. They are encased in several easily separated scaly coats and, after the removal of these, are roasted and eaten or are soaked in water, washed, pounded into a flour, and baked into bread or cooked into puddings, etc. They have no aromatic property, and are strictly speaking edible not medicinal tubers[
439
Title
The Commercial Products of India.
Publication
 
Author
Watts. Sir George.
Publisher
John Murray, London.
Year
1908
ISBN
 
Description
A classic, with a comprehensive (as then known) listing of useful plants that were traded commercially at that time. It can be downloaded from various sites on the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-22. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Cyperus+bulbosus>

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