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Useful Tropical Plants

Fuirena umbellata

Rottb.

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Fuirena appendiculata Peter

Fuirena brachylepis Peter

Fuirena brasiliensis Palla

Fuirena brasiliensis Raddi

Fuirena canescens Vahl

Fuirena capitata Willd. ex Kunth

Fuirena complotricha C.Wright

Fuirena guianensis Klotzsch

Fuirena haemaglottis Steud.

Fuirena hildebrandtii Boeckeler

Fuirena mahouxii Cherm.

Fuirena mauritiana Nees ex Kunth

Fuirena multiflora Peter

Fuirena paniculata L.f.

Fuirena pentagona Schumach.

Fuirena pentagona Wight & Arn. ex Nees

Fuirena philippinensis Gand.

Fuirena quinguangularis Hassk

Fuirena rivularis Nees

Fuirena seriata C.B.Clarke

Fuirena tereticulmis J.Presl & C.Presl

Fuirena thouarsiana Kunth

Scirpus fuirena T.Koyama

Scirpus rivularis D.Don. ex Nees

Scirpus umbellatus (Rottb.) Kuntze

Common Name:

Fuirena umbellata
Flowering stem
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General Information

Fuirena umbellata is a sturdy perennial, grass-like plant with solitary, erect culms growing from short, creeping rhizomes. The plant can be 50 - 110 cm tall[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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0
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Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes used as a green manure in rice fields and for soil stabilization.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Widespread in subtropical and tropical regions of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Habitat

Common in open wet locations, sometimes in secondary forest; at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Areas of permanent shallow water, swamps, pools, ditches, marshy lake shores, even in brackish sites[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
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.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.80 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is found as a weed in rice fields[
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 basal node of the flowering culm is swollen into a bulbil, so that the tufted plant resembles a shallot (Allium cepa var). The plant spreads by means of these bulbils, making it a difficult weed to eradicate[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Edible Uses

The tubers are edible[
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.
]. This report probably refers to the bulbil at the base of the flowering culm[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

The plant is burnt and the ashes used as a salt[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
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.
].

Medicinal

Newborn babies are washed in an infusion of the leaves[
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:

When growing as a weed, the plant is ploughed in as a green manure in rice fields[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The plant may serve as a mud-binder to resist tidal scouring[
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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