Cyperus densiflorus Hemsl.
Cyperus elatus Rottb.
Cyperus graminicola Steud.
Cyperus keniensis Kük.
Cyperus kurrii Steud.
Cyperus laxus Vahl
Cyperus longibracteatus (Cherm.) Kük.
Cyperus nutans Sieber ex C.Presl
Cyperus psilostachys Steud.
Cyperus purpureovaginatus Boeckeler
Cyperus rubrotinctus (Cherm.) Kük.
Cyperus schraderianus Mart. ex Steud.
Cyperus squamulatus Steud.
Mariscus bojeri C.B.Clarke
Mariscus keniensis (Kük.) S.S.Hooper
Mariscus longibracteatus Cherm.
Mariscus rubrotinctus Cherm.
Common Name: Slender Cyperus
Cyperus distans is a grass-like perennial plant producing solitary or small clumps of culms 35 - 110cm tall from a short, corm-like rhizome[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Cyperus distans is widespread in its pantropical and subtropical distribution and has no known major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
The plant is found through most of the tropics and subtropics
Marshes at sea level[
]. A pantropical sedge occurring in wet grasslands and along waysides[
]. Forests, swamps, grasslands, slightly dry or wet places on slopes, river margins, along trails; near sea level to 1,800 metres in China[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Cyperus distans is a widespread and adaptable plant of subtropical to tropical areas.
Prefers a moist sandy loam[
The plant is considered to be invasive in Fiji[
Tuber - raw or cooked. Used in sauces[
]. The rhizome is used in food as a condiment and a spice[
The plant ashes are extracted for salt[
]. No further details are given, but the general process is to burn the dried plant then percolate water through the ashes to dissolve out the salts. The water is then evaporated to leave behind the salts[
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 juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers[
The crushed rhizome, combined with a little honey, is used both topically and internally for the treatment of gonorrhoea[
The stems are chewed and applied as ar healing poultice on cuts and wounds[
An infusion of the leaves is used to treat chest pain[
The culms are used for thatching[
The leaves are used for weaving hats, matting etc[
The rhizome contains an essential oil. It is used in perfumery and for scenting coconut oil[
Seed - surface sow and keep the compost moist[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 18°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out when large enough.
Division. This is more a matter of harvesting the tubers and replanting them.
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