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Useful Tropical Plants

Kyllinga alba

Nees

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Cyperus alatus (Nees) F.Muell.

Cyperus ascolepidioides (Cherm.) Kük

Cyperus cartilagineus laevissimus (Cherm.) Kük.

Cyperus cristatus (Kunth) Mattf. & Kük.

Cyperus nigripes grandiceps Kük.

Cyperus nigritanus (C.B.Clarke) Lye

Kyllinga alata Nees

Kyllinga ascolepidioides Cherm

Kyllinga cristata Kunth

Kyllinga nigritana C.B.Clarke

Common Name:

Kyllinga alba

General Information

Kyllinga alba is a robust, densely tufted, perennial plant with a short rhizome. It usually produces numerous stems and grass-like leaves that can be 10 - 70cm long[
500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild and used for cleaning ostrich egg shells so that they can be used for storing water.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.

Range

Africa - widespread from Cote D'Ivoire to Somalia and south to S. Africa; also in the Seychelles.

Habitat

Savannah[
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/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The lower parts of the plant are pounded then placed in an ostrich egg shell and left there for 4 - 14 days. This purifies the inside of the shell so that it can then be used as a water container[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
].
The roots are aromatic. The scent is likened to that of citronella[
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/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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