Thursday, April 29, 2010

Green Product : String - Cyperus tegetiformis 咸草


Angiosperms - Monocots - Commelinids - Poales -Cyperaceae
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Synonyms : Chlorocyperus malacensis, Cyperus malaccensis var. brevifolius, Cyperus malaccensis ssp.monophyllus

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Common Name : Short-leaved Malacca Galingale, Salt-water grass, Chinese matgrass, 咸草, 鹹水草, 短葉茳芏, 蒲草, 野席草, 席草仔, shishito (Japanese)

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Distribution : Persian Gulf, India, S.China, N.Australia, Polynesia, S.E.Asia

Habitat : Margins of swamps and in salt marshes

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Biology Characteristics :

Perennial.

Stem 4-6 mm in diameter, sharply trigonous.

Rhizome with short stolons.

Flowers are hermaphrodite.

It prefers acid, neutral and basic soil, and can grow in saline soil. It cannot grow in the shades.

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Economic Importance :

Before the use of polypropylene raffia string & plastic bags, dried stalks were used for tying goods in morning markets and groceries stores.

Today, it is still used for tying zongzi.

Dried stalks were used for weaving mats (龍鳳草蓆), straw hats, basket, etc

Used in Chinese medicine.

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