Dichostylis torresiana Gaudich.
Fimbristylis efoliata Steud.
Fimbristylis globulosa (Retz.) Kunth
Fimbristylis hypsocolea Hosok.
Fimbristylis torresiana Gaudich.
Fimbristylis utilis Elmer
Iria globulosa (Retz.) Kuntze
Isolepis globulosa (Retz.) Schult.
Scirpus globulosus Retz.
Scirpus umbellaris Lam.
Trichelostylis globulosa (Retz.) Nees
Fimbristylis umbellaris is an erect, perennial, grass-like plant with a short, horizontal rhizome[
]. It produces a dense clump of leaves from 20 - 120cm long and 1 - 5mm wide[
The plant is an important source of material for weaving purposes, being used to make good quality hats, mats, baskets etc. It is commonly harvested from the wild and is also cultivated for the tender culms - the woven products are commonly sold in local markets[
E. Asia - China, Japan, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea to the NW Pacific.
Marshy places, rice fields and wet grasslands at elevations from 100 - 800 metres in southern China[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of tropical and subtropical climates.
A troublesome weed, especially in rice fields, through much of its range[
The plant is often found as a weed of rice fields and aquatic biotopes[
The plant is used in the treatment of splenomegaly[
When growing as a weed, the plant is ploughed in as a green manure[
The tender culms are used in the manufacture of mats, basketry, tobacco cases etc[
]. They are also often used as a string[
]. The semi-flat culms are an excellent raw material for making a wide range of articles including mats, bags, basketry etc, having good dye-absorbing characteristics, easy working properties, good strength and durability[
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