Cyperus giolii Chiov.
Mariscus nogalensis Chiov.
Cyperus grandibulbosus is a fairly robust, grass-like, perennial plant with long, slender stolons at the end of which a bulb develops with stems 10 - 60cm long growing directly from the bulb[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Cyperus grandibulbosus is widespread and while it is possibly declining in parts of its range due to habitat conversion to agricultural land it is not thought that global population decline is likely to meet the threshold for any threatened category. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
Eastern Africa - Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania
Seasonally wet habitats, wooded grassland and grasslands, often on red loamy soil; at elevations from around sea level to 1,250 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
Often found on seasonally wet, sandy soils in the wild[
Rhizome - raw or cooked as a vegetable[
]. Mainly seen as a food for times when nothing better is available[
]. (As Cyperus giolii)
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[
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