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Useful Tropical Plants

Cyperus luzulae

(L.) Retz.

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Cyperus bangianus Gand.

Cyperus conoideus Rich.

Cyperus globuliferus Link

Cyperus globulosus Aubl.

Cyperus glomuliferus Schrad.

Cyperus guatemalensis Gand.

Cyperus hostmannii Steud.

Cyperus polycephalus Lam.

Cyperus pseudosurinamensis Boeckeler

Cyperus sphaerostachys Link

Cyperus trinitatis Steud.

Eucyperus luzulae (L.) Rikli

Kyllinga polycephala (Lam.) Link

Kyllinga scirpina Rchb. ex Steud.

Mariscus parviflorus Nees

Mariscus polycephalus (Lam.) Link

Scirpus elegans Salisb.

Scirpus luzulae L.

Common Name:

Cyperus luzulae
Flowering plant in Colombia.
Photograph by: Xemenendura
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Cyperus luzulae Cyperus luzulae

General Information

Cyperus luzulae is a clump-forming, grass-like, perennial plant growing 20 - 50cm tall from short 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 drink and source of a tying material.

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

S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean.

Habitat

Marshes and swamps, wet fields, or along streams; mainly at low elevations, but also ascending to 1,400 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

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Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.35 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

A decoction of the root is drunk with 'atol de maiz', often flavored with the toasted seeds of sapote[
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/
].

Medicinal

The crushed rhizome is used as an aphrodisiac[
991
Title
Cyperaceae of Economic, Ethnobotanical and Horticultural Importance: A Checklist
Publication
Kew Bulletin Vol. 56 No. 2, pp 257 - 360
Author
Simpson D.A.; Inglis C.A.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, London
Year
2001
ISBN
1-84246-038-2
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive checklist, giving the range, habitat and uses of over 500 species.
].

Other Uses

The stems are much used as a substitute for twine[
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 (part not specified, but probably the rhizome[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]) is mixed with Genipa americana and rubbed on the hair to maintain and encourage hair growth[
991
Title
Cyperaceae of Economic, Ethnobotanical and Horticultural Importance: A Checklist
Publication
Kew Bulletin Vol. 56 No. 2, pp 257 - 360
Author
Simpson D.A.; Inglis C.A.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, London
Year
2001
ISBN
1-84246-038-2
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive checklist, giving the range, habitat and uses of over 500 species.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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