This species has been referred to as Cyperus laxus Lam.(a neotropical species) by some authors. However, most modern treatments accept that the two taxa are distinct - a treatment we follow here. Any uses for Cyperus laxus, where the range is given as Asia, should be referred to this species[
Cyperus bancanus Miq.
Cyperus buettneri Boeckeler
Cyperus calacaryensis Steud.
Cyperus holophyllus Miq. ex de Vriese
Cyperus iridifolius A.Dietr.
Cyperus lagorensis Steud.
Cyperus laxus macrostachyus (Boeckeler) Karth.
Cyperus laxus macrostachyus (Boeckeler) V.P.Prasad & N.P.Singh
Cyperus laxus multispicatus (S.M.Huang) S.M.Huang
Cyperus moestus Kunth
Cyperus nigroviridis Thwaites
Cyperus parciflorus Link
Cyperus pubisquama Steud.
Cyperus sarzogonensis J.Presl & C.Presl
Cyperus scirpoides J.Presl & C.Presl
Eucyperus diffusus (Vahl) Rikli
Common Name: Dwarf Umbrella Grass
Plant growing in the Botanischer Garten, Dresden, Germany.
Photograph by: Daderot
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Cyperus diffusus is a herbaceous, perennial, grass-like plant producing a tuft of culms around 15 - 80cm tall from a short, hardened rhizome[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens and as an indoor house plant[
Cyperus diffusus is widespread and has no major threats. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, NE Austral
Thickets and moist forests on river banks, shady roadsides; at elevations up to 700 metres[
]. Forests in valleys, grasslands on mountain slopes, wet places by rivers, along trails, paddy fields; at elevations from 100 - 1,700 metres in China[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The plant prefers a position in full sun, but can tolerate some shade[
]. The plant is often found growing in deep shade in the wild[
]. Grows best in a moist to boggy soil, often found in the wild with its roots submerged in water[
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 roots are used as an antipyretic, antitussive, analgesic, cardiotonic, diuretic[
The roots are used to treat diseased lips[
The leaves are said to have antiseptic properties[
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