There has long been a dispute amongst botanists as to whether to treat this species as a monotypic section within the genus Cyperus L. or as the monotypic genus Remirea Kerr. Several publications since the 1990's have treated it as Remirea maritima Aubl. However, a more recent work 'Velayos, M., Aedo, C., Cabezas, F., de la Estrella, M., Barberá, P. & Fero, M. (eds.) (2014). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 11: 1-416. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.' has treated it as Cyperus pedunculatus, and this has been accepted by the Kew 'World checklist of selected plant families'. We are, accordingly, following this treatment[
Cyperus kegelianus Steud.
Duval-jouvea maritima (Aubl.) Palla
Lipocarpha foliosa Miq.
Mariscus capitatus Steud.
Mariscus pedunculatus (R.Br.) T.Koyama
Mariscus pungens Steud.
Remirea distichophylla Boeckeler
Remirea maritima Aubl.
Remirea pedunculata R.Br.
Remirea rigidissima Steud.
Remirea wightiana Nees
Cyperus pedunculatus is a slightly succulent, perennial, grass-like plant. It produces solitary or loose clumps of culms 3 - 12cm tall from a long, creeping rhizome that is branched and forms roots at the nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of perfumery. It can be used as a soil stabilizer in sandy soils.
Widespread in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa; through eastern Asia to New Guinea and N. Australia; the Americas.
Locally abundant on sandy shores and dunes along the coast[
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The root is spicy-tasting[
]. This report does not say the root is edible[
An infusion of the root is said to be used in Brazil and Guyana as a sudorific and diuretic[
]. It is used to treat frequent micturition and bladder disease in Guyana[
The rhizome is astringent and diuretic[
Suitable to bind coastal sands and dunes[
Dried plants are used in perfumes for their pleasant odour[
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