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Useful Tropical Plants

Cyperus hemisphaericus

Boeckeler

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Cyperus hildebrandtii Boeckeler

Mariscus gregorii C.B.Clarke

Mariscus hemisphaericus (Boeckeler) C.B.Clarke

Common Name:

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General Information

Cyperus hemisphaericus is a robust, grass-like perennial plant with a short creeping rhizome; it forms a tuft of culms, growing up to 130cm tall[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Cyperus hemisphaericus has a wide distribution and common habitat. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2010)[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
,
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Eastern Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar

Habitat

In open grassland, Brachystegia woodland, wooded grassland; at elevations from sea-level to 1,850 metres[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
]. Seasonally wet grasslands and savannahs[
991
Title
Cyperaceae of Economic, Ethnobotanical and Horticultural Importance: A Checklist
Publication
Kew Bulletin Vol. 56 No. 2, pp 257 - 360
Author
Simpson D.A.; Inglis C.A.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, London
Year
2001
ISBN
1-84246-038-2
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive checklist, giving the range, habitat and uses of over 500 species.
]

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Rhizomes - raw or cooked as a vegetable[
991
Title
Cyperaceae of Economic, Ethnobotanical and Horticultural Importance: A Checklist
Publication
Kew Bulletin Vol. 56 No. 2, pp 257 - 360
Author
Simpson D.A.; Inglis C.A.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, London
Year
2001
ISBN
1-84246-038-2
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive checklist, giving the range, habitat and uses of over 500 species.
]. Often treated as a food that is only eaten when better foods are not available.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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