This species is sometimes treated as Curculigo capitulata (Lour.) Kuntze. See http://plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:64141-1, accessed 11/01/2021
Curculigo capitulata (Lour.) Kuntze
Curculigo fuziwarae Yamam.
Curculigo glabra Merr.
Curculigo recurvata W.T.Aiton
Curculigo strobiliformis D.Fang & D.H.Qin
Leucojum capitulatum Lour.
Molineria hortensis Britton
Molineria plicata Colla
Molineria recurvata (W.T.Aiton) Herb.
Molineria sulcata Kurz
Tupistra esquirolii H.Lév. & Vaniot
Veratrum mairei H.Lév.
Common Name: Palm Grass
Plants grown as an edging
Photograph by: tanetahi
Molineria capitulata is a stemless, evergreen perennial plant producing a cluster of leaves from a thick, rhizomatous rootstock; it can grow around 100cm tall[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food, medicine, and for the fibre obtained from its leaves[
E. Asia - southern China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to Australia and Solomon Islands.
Primary and secondary forests, shady and moist places; usually at elevations from 800 - 2,200 metres, occasionally as low as 300 metres[
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A plant of the humid tropics, it can also be grown in the humid subtropics and in essentially frost-free, warm temperate areas[
Requires a fertile, humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil[
].Succeeds in semi-shade and also in deeper shade[
The plant is often grown as an ornamental in the tropics and has the potential to become a weed. It has a tendency to spread and establish itself, and is rather well naturalized in the cemetery at Retalhuleu and in the Jardin Botanico in Guatemala[
Fruit - raw[
]. The whitish to green fruit is around 10 - 15mm long[
The fresh leaves and tuber are ground to a paste and mixed with heifer urine and then taken orally to treat diarrhoea
]. (As Molineria recurvata)
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is used to make false hair[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
Division of the rootstock[
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