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Schoenoplectiella mucronata - (L.) J. Jung & H. K. Choi

Common Name Ricefield bulrush, Bog bulrush
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in wetlands and waterlogged areas. It is a tropical plant.
Range Origin: Eurasia, Australia. Distributed in the tropics, subtropics and warm-temperate regions of the Old World, from southern Europe and Africa through South and South-East Asia to Japan and Australia. It is introduced and naturalized in the southern United States and South America.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Schoenoplectiella mucronata Ricefield bulrush, Bog bulrush

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Schoenoplectiella mucronata Ricefield bulrush, Bog bulrush
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Physical Characteristics

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Schoenoplectiella mucronata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

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Eleocharis triangulata (Roxb.) Sieber ex C.Presl. Heleophylax mucronatus (L.) Schinz & Thell. Hymenochaeta preslii (A.Dietr.) Nakai. Isolepis mucronata (L.) Fourr. Schoenoplectiella triangulata (Roxb.) J.Jung & H.K.Choi. Schoenoplectus javanus (Nees) Palla. Schoenoplectus mucronatus (L.) Palla. Schoenoplectus triangulatus (Roxb.) Soják. Scirpus abactus Ohwi. Scirpus acutus J.Presl & C.Presl [Illegitimate]. Scirpus cognatus Hance. Scirpus glomeratus Scop. [Illegitimate]. Scirpus javanus Nees. Scirpus mauritanicus Steud. Scirpus mucronatus L. Scirpus muticus D.Don. Scirpus mysurensis B.Heyne ex Wall. [Invalid]. Scirpus preslii A.Dietr. Scirpus sundanus Miq. Scirpus triangulatus Roxb. Scirpus tricarinatus Pers.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Edible Portion: Rhizome, Root.

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Medicinal Uses

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In China it is used medicinally to release heat, to clear the eyes and to relieve coughing.

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Other Uses

Used in constructed wetlands. Dried stems are woven together to make various products or used as string. The stems are used in Madagascar for making hats. In South-East Asia the stems are used in the production of string, mats, sacks and bags. Ornamental Foliage. Tolerant of waterlogged soils. Landscape Uses : Pond, Lake, River, Marsh, Bog, Water Garden, Marsh Garden. Birds feed on its seeds. Carbon Farming Solutions - Industrial Crop: biomass (Crops grown for non-food uses. Industrial crops provide resources in three main categories: materials, chemicals, and energy. Traditional materials include lumber and thatch, paper and cardboard, and textiles) [1-1].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Biomass  Management: Hay  Regional Crop

Climate: warm temperate to subtropical, Mediterranean. Humidity: aquatic. A sedge with a grass-like form Growing in moist and wet terrestrial habitat, and in shallow water. The root system is well-developed. Prefers waterlogged soils in full sun. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: regional crop. Management: hay (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Industrial Crop: Biomass  Three broad categories: bamboos, resprouting woody plants, and giant grasses. uses include: protein, materials (paper, building materials, fibers, biochar etc.), chemicals (biobased chemicals), energy - biofuels
  • Management: Hay  Cut to the ground and harvested annually. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Plant Propagation

Seed, Division

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bog bulrush, rough-seed bulrush, ricefield bulrush, Scirpe mucroné (Fr). Castanhol (Po).

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Native to Eurasia and Africa. Also found in USA, Australia, PNG, New Caledonia

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

It is a weed of rice fields in California. It is an important weed in the cultivation of rice and other crops throughout its distribution range.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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