Elytrospermum californicum C.A.Mey.
Scirpus californicus (C.A.Mey.) Steud.
Common Name: California Bulrush
Large stand of the plant by the water's edge
Photograph by: Anna Armitage
California bulrush is a vigorous perennial plant forming dense stands of stout stems around 2 metres tall from a vigorous spreading rhizome[
Little used nowadays, the plant was a major source of material for native peoples for making baskets, weaving etc, and also supplied edible roots and stems.
S. America - Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador; C. America - Honduras, El Salvador to Mexico and southern N. America
Brackish to fresh marshes, shores, often emergent in water; at elevations from sea level to 1,400 metres in North America[
]. Shallow water of lake shores, ranging from sea level to about 1,700 metres in Guatemala[
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A plant of low to medium elevations in the warm temperate to tropical zones.
Rhizomes - cooked[
]. Baked, or dried for later use[
Stems - cooked[
]. The lower 30cm of the stem is peeled and baked, or dried for later use[
The tough, soft culms are used for making mats, baskets, chair seats, houses, boats, and other objects[
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