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Useful Tropical Plants

Fimbristylis spadicea

(L.) Vahl

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Eleogiton spadicea (L.) A.Dietr.

Fimbristylis castanea (Michx.) Vahl

Fimbristylis cylindrica Vahl

Fimbristylis pallidula Kral

Fimbristylis riehleana Steud.

Fimbristylis speciosa Rohde ex Spreng.

Fimbristylis sterilis Nees

Fimbristylis umbellata Schrad. ex Nees

Iria castanea (Michx.) Farw.

Iria spadicea (L.) Kuntze

Iria umbellata (Schrad. ex Nees) Kuntze

Schoenus spadiceus (L.) Vahl

Scirpus castaneus Michx.

Scirpus cylindraceus Willd. ex Kunth

Scirpus dichotomus G.Mey.

Scirpus domingensis Pers.

Scirpus spadiceus L.

Scirpus sterilis Salzm. ex Steud.

Common Name:

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General Information

Fimbristylis spadicea is a clump-forming perennial grass-like plant producing a few to many stems 30 - 100cm or more long from a short, thick and hard rhizome[
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 fibre[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

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, north through the Caribbean, C. America to northeastern N. America.

Habitat

In wet soil about streams or swamps, most often in saline flats along the seacoast, ascending to about 1,200 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

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant has a very wide natural range, from the south of S. America, northwards through tropical America to the temperate regions of eastern N. America.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The plant is a source of fibre, known variously as 'Esparto Chino', 'Esparto Mulato' and 'Camelotte fibre'[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used to make paper[
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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