Chlorocyperus alopecuroides (Rottb.) Grossh.
Cyperus bidentatus Poir.
Cyperus compositus R.Br.
Cyperus exaltatus digynus (Boeckeler) F.N.Williams
Cyperus fastigiatus Forssk.
Cyperus glaucus Willd. ex Kunth
Cyperus glomeratus Willd.
Cyperus poiretii Roem. & Schult.
Juncellus alopecuroides (Rottb.) C.B.Clarke
Juncellus pallidiflorus Peter
Common Name: Foxtail Sedge
Cyperus alopecuroides is an evergreen, perennial grass-like plant with a very short rhizome; it produces a clump of stout culms with a bulbous base, growing up to 125cm tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use in making mats etc[
]. It is sometimes cultivated in Egypt, being used in projects to restore saline land whilst also providing material for making mats etc[
]. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Cyperus alopecuroides is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
Tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, through Arabia to India, Indochina, Indonesia, Australia.
Swamps and along the margins of lakes, from the lowlands up to 1,000 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Requires a moist to wet soil[
]. Tolerant of saline soils[
We have no specific information for this species, but it is said that the inner base of the young stems of all species in this genus can be eaten raw, and make an excellent survival food in times of need[
The leaves are considered to be antibiotic and its pastes are applied externally in the treatment of cutaneous affections[
:The plant is used in Egypt in projects for the reclamation of saline land[
The stems are used for weaving mats[
]. The mats have various uses, including as a packing material for transporting plates made from leaves[
The culms are used for matting and rush-bottomed chairs[
The inflorescence stalk and leaves are used to make mats that are used in Hindu marriage and thread ceremonies[
The dried leaves and stems are used for thatching houses and sheds[
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