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Useful Tropical Plants

Cyperus laxus

Lam.

Cyperaceae


Some treatments view this taxon in a broader sense and include the Asian species Cyperus diffusus Vahl as a synonym. However, most modern treatments accpet the two species as distinct (the treatment followed here)[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. It should be assumed that any uses for this species, where the range is given as Asia, would be more correctly applied to Cyperus diffusus[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Cyperus buchholzii Boeckeler

Cyperus diffusus buchholzii (Boeckeler) Kük.

Cyperus diffusus tolucensis (Kunth) Kük.

Cyperus diffusus umbrosus (Lindl. & Nees) Kük.

Cyperus homoiiria Steud.

Cyperus laxus Griseb.

Cyperus laxus foliis-variegatis Pynaert

Cyperus limbatus Maury ex Micheli

Cyperus macrostachyus Ten. ex Boeckeler

Cyperus octophyllus Hochst. ex Steud.

Cyperus sylvestris Ridl.

Cyperus tolucensis Kunth

Cyperus umbrosus Lindl. & Nees

Torulinium angolense Turrill

Common Name:

Cyperus laxus
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Cyperus laxus is a perennial, grass-like plant producing slender to stout culms 20 - 50cm tall from short, slender rhizomes[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

Tropical Africa - widespread; S. America - widespread northwards, also through the Caribbean and through central America to Mexico

Habitat

Wet thickets or shaded banks, often in moist forest, rarely in open places; usually at low elevations but sometimes ascending to 1,300 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.35 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The root, either on its own or mixed with the leaves of Ocimum micranthum, is applied in a decoction as a febrifuge[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

An infusion of the leaves is applied as a lotion to the eyelids in order to treat blepharitis[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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