Chlorocyperus malaccensis (Lam.) Palla
Cyperus fortunei Steud.
Cyperus incurvatus Roxb.
Cyperus monophyllus Vahl
Cyperus neesii D.Dietr.
Cyperus spaniophyllus Steud.
Cyperus tegetiformis Benth.
Cyperus wallichii Nees
Common Name: Shichito Matgrass
Shichito matgrass is a perennial, grass-like plant producing culms 50 - 150cm tall from a long, woody rhizome[
The plant is often gathered from the wild and used locally for weaving into mats etc[
]. It is sometimes also cultivated[
E. Asia - southern China, Japan, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Australia.
River margins, ditch margins, water margins, shallow water, ocean beaches, salt-marsh margins, fields (usually cultivated)[
]. The plant is an abundant colonizer on mud flats in estuaries and on sandy shores[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The rhizomes are diuretic[
]. They are used for post-partum treatment and against oedemas[
The culms are used for making ropes, baskets, mats, hats and slippers[
The stems are often used for tying purposes and for making mats, baskets, and hats in Maleysia. The manufacture of slippers of this material is carried on to a considerable extent in some towns of Bulacan Prov., Luzon[
]. In Pekalongan (Central Java) the stems are used by the fishermen; pieces of the stems are plaited in ropes which are brought into the sea. The fry, attracted by the stems, is caught and then planted in fish-ponds[
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