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Useful Tropical Plants

Cyperus renschii

Boeckeler

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Cyperus hylaeus Ridl.

Cyperus ochrocarpus K.Schum.

Cyperus sylvicola Ridl.

Common Name:

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General Information

Cyperus renschii is a robust, perennial, grass-like plant growing from a thick, woody rhizome; it produces tufts of culms around 70 - 80cm tall with leabes that can be up to 140cm long[
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 harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Cyperus renschii has a wide distribution and a 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

The leaves have a very sharp cutting edge and keel[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Botanical References

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

Tropical Africa - Guinea to Nigeria, Central African Republic and southern Sudan, south to Angola, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania

Habitat

In forests, forest swamps, along forest streams, occasionally in grassland or along roadsides; at elevations from near sea level to around 2,300 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 *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.80 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Sap expressed from the leaf and rhizome is combined with the frond of Cyclosorus gongylodes (Schkukr) Link and takin in the treatment of cardiac hyrocele (cardiac oedema)[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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