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Cyperus cephalotes - Vahl

Common Name Bhada, Flat Sedges, Nut Sedges or Umbrella Sedge.
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats On floating islands in tanks, the roots entangled in the mass of the decaying surface vegetation of plants such as Pistia sp. and Salvinia sp. Also found floating in rivers[451 ]. Found at low elevations up to 100 metres[451 ].
Range This species occurs in India, South East Asia, New Guinea and Queensland in northern Australia. In China, it has been report from in Fujian province only.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care (info)
Tender Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Cyperus cephalotes Bhada, Flat Sedges, Nut Sedges or Umbrella Sedge.


wikimedia.org Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz
Cyperus cephalotes Bhada, Flat Sedges, Nut Sedges or Umbrella Sedge.
wikimedia.org Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cyperus cephalotes is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

Anosporum cephalotes Kurz Anosporum monocephalum Nees Cyperus monogynus Boeckeler Ficinia foliaceo-bracteata Pfeiff. Hydroschoenus kyllingioides Zoll. & Moritzi Trentepohlia bifoliata Boeck

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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The rhizomes possess anti-emetic values and act as a sedative in dyspeptic disorders, particularly in vomiting during pregnancy.

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Other Uses

The stems are used for mat-making[317 ]. The stems are made into green mats called 'Riukiu-omote' in Japan[46 ]. A great plant for a background or screening area in the pond. It can also be planted as a single plant in a water feature to add a more tropical look to an area.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Biomass  Management: Hay  Regional Crop

This species is mostly aquatic, growing in still or slow running water up to 0.5 m deep. It also occurs in floating inland rivers, with roots entangled in a mass of Pistia, Salvinia, and decayed water plants. Fresh water.

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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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

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

Native: Australia (Queensland); Bangladesh; China (Fujian); India; Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Papua); Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam

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.

Yes

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Least Concern. It has been listed as threatened in Queensland, Australia. Listed as endangered under Schedule 1 of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 (Cwlth).

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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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