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Useful Tropical Plants

Fimbristylis quinquangularis

(Vahl) Kunth

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Fimbristylis angularis Link

Fimbristylis benghalensis (Pers.) Roem. & Schult.

Fimbristylis fauriei Ohwi

Fimbristylis miliacea (L.) Vahl

Fimbristylis mucronata Vahl

Iria angularis (Link) Kuntze

Iria miliacea (L.) Kuntze

Iria quinquangularis (Vahl) Kuntze

Isolepis angularis Schrad.

Isolepis miliacea (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl

Isolepis pentagona (Roxb.) Schult.

Isolepis tetragona Schult.

Scirpus benghalensis Pers.

Scirpus miliaceus L.

Scirpus niloticus Blanco

Scirpus parviflorus Willd. ex Kunth

Scirpus pentagonus Roxb.

Scirpus plantagineus Roxb.

Scirpus quadrangularis Thouars

Scirpus quinquangularis Vahl

Scirpus salbundius Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.

Scirpus tetragonus Roxb.

Trichelostylis angularis (Link) Nees

Trichelostylis miliacea (L.) Nees

Trichelostylis pentagona Nees

Trichelostylis quinquangularis (Vahl) Nees

Trichelostylis tetragona (Schult.) Nees

Common Name:

Fimbristylis quinquangularis
Drawing of the plant (Fig 2 only)
Photograph by: Burman, N.L., Flora Indica, p. 22, t. 9, fig. 2 (1768) [A. van der Laan]
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General Information

Fimbristylis quinquangularis is an erect, annual or short-lived perennial, grass-like plant with fibrous roots. The stems are densely tufted, usually up to 40cm long (rarely to 120cm) and 1 - 2mm wide[
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.
,
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 harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. When growing as a weed in rice fields it is often ploughed back into the soil as a green manure.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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.
,
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

Widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Asia to New Guinea and northern Australia

Habitat

Wet places[
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.
]. Open or lightly shaded wet places: swampy grassland, rice-fields, damp savannah flats. teak forests, at elevations up to 500 metres[
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

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.35 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is often found as a weed in rice fields and amongst other cultivated crops[
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

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.
].

The leaves are used as a poultice in the treatment of fevers[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
,
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.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

Where the plant is growing as a weed it is ploughed into the ground as a green manure[
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

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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