Chlorocyperus malaccensis (Lam.) Palla
Cyperus fortunei Steud.
Cyperus incurvatus Roxb.
Cyperus monophyllus Vahl
Cyperus neesii D.Dietr.
Cyperus spaniophyllus Steud.
Cyperus tegetiformis Benth.
Cyperus wallichii Nees
Common Name: Shichito Matgrass
Cyperus malaccensis is a perennial, grass-like plant producing culms 50 - 150cm tall from a long, woody rhizome[
The plant is often gathered from the wild and used locally for weaving into mats etc[
]. It is sometimes also cultivated[
E. Asia - southern China, Japan, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Australia.
River margins, ditch margins, water margins, shallow water, ocean beaches, salt-marsh margins, fields (usually cultivated)[
]. The plant is an abundant colonizer on mud flats in estuaries and on sandy shores[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
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 rhizomes are diuretic[
]. They are used for post-partum treatment and against oedemas[
The culms are used for making ropes, baskets, mats, hats and slippers[
The stems are often used for tying purposes and for making mats, baskets, and hats in Maleysia. The manufacture of slippers of this material is carried on to a considerable extent in some towns of Bulacan Prov., Luzon[
]. In Pekalongan (Central Java) the stems are used by the fishermen; pieces of the stems are plaited in ropes which are brought into the sea. The fry, attracted by the stems, is caught and then planted in fish-ponds[
An extract of the stems is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a fragrance and perfume[
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