Cyperus hildebrandtii Boeckeler
Mariscus gregorii C.B.Clarke
Mariscus hemisphaericus (Boeckeler) C.B.Clarke
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[
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)[
Eastern Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar
In open grassland, Brachystegia woodland, wooded grassland; at elevations from sea-level to 1,850 metres[
]. Seasonally wet grasslands and savannahs[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
Rhizomes - raw or cooked as a vegetable[
]. Often treated as a food that is only eaten when better foods are not available.
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