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Useful Tropical Plants

Cyperus prolifer

Lam.

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Cyperus aequalis C.Krauss

Cyperus aequalis Vahl

Cyperus isocladus Kunth

Cyperus jocladus E.Mey.

Cyperus papyroides Poir.

Papyrus aequalis (Vahl) Bojer

Papyrus laxiflorus Spreng.

Common Name:

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General Information

Cyperus prolifer is a fairly robust, grass-like, perennial plant with crowded stems on a thick, creeping rhizome; it can grow around 25 - 130cm tall[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
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.
].
Cyperus prolifer grows in a common habitat and within the distribution area is common to abundant. 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, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, KwaZulu-Natal, S. Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius

Habitat

Swamp edges, stream-sides, seasonally flooded grasslands and in and along permanent pools, especially along the coastal areas; at elevations from sea-level to 450 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.
]

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally in Madagascar[
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.
]. No more details

Other Uses

The culms are used in making baskets[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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