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Lepironia articulata - (Retz.) Domin

Common Name Grey sedge, Cicao
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open swamps[365 ]. Open wet places, mostly in lowlands[334 ].
Range Tropical and subtropical areas from Madagascar, through south Asia to Australia and the west Pacific
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Lepironia articulata Grey sedge, Cicao


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Lepironia articulata Grey sedge, Cicao
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lepironia articulata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. The flowers are pollinated by Wind, Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid and saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

Chondrachne articulata (Retz.) R.Br. Choricarpha aphylla Boeckeler Lepironia compressa Boeckeler Lepironia conifera (Poir.) Druce Lepironia mucronata Rich. ex Pers. Restio articulates Retz. Scirpus coniferus Poir.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

The leaves are used for basket making, weaving into mats for packing items such as kapok, cotton, rubber etc[46 ]. Highly ornamental with potential as a designer water feature plant.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Management: Hay  Regional Crop

It grows in ephemeral swamps and the margins of fresh water swamps. It often occurs in acid sulfate soils. Grows in full sun to 50% shade in ephemeral swamps and the margins of fresh water swamps in water 0—500mm deep. Lepironia is native to the Central Coast, Mid & North Coast and coastal Queensland, Australia. While it is naturally restricted to the coast it will grow in inland climates if protected from heavy frost.

Carbon Farming

  • 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.

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Purun, Purun danau

Found In

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

Australia, China, East Africa, Fiji, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, PNG, SE Asia, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Weed Potential

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None Known

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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