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Useful Tropical Plants

Xyris capensis

Thunb.

Xyridaceae

+ Synonyms

Xyris flabellata P.Royen

Xyris melanocephala Miq.

Xyris nilagarensis Steud. ex Hook.f.

Xyris nilagiriensis Steud.

Xyris novoguineensis Hatus.

Xyris reptans Rendle

Xyris schoenoides Mart.

Xyris semifuscata Bojer ex Baker

Xyris subrubella Malme ex Hutch. & Dalziel

Xyris sumatrana Malme

Xyris zombana N.E.Br.

Common Name:

Xyris capensis
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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General Information

Xyris capensis is a perennial plant with grass-like stems growing from a more or less creeping rhizome.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use in weaving mats.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Through most of tropical Africa, tropical Asia to Papua New Guinea. Also found in S. America - Brazil.

Habitat

Wet places in mountain valleys and swamps; at elevations from 1,600 - 2,000 metres[
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.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stems are woven into coarse mats[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2018-12-12. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Xyris+capensis>

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