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Useful Temperate Plants

Carex humilis

Leyss.

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Carex callitrichos austrohinganica Y.L.Chang & Y.L.Yang

Carex clandestina Gooden.

Carex gersneri Suter

Carex prostrata All.

Carex scariosa Lam.

Carex scirrobasis Kitag.

Trasus clandestinus (Gooden.) Gray

Common Name:

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General Information

Carex humilis is a densely-tufted, perennial plant with grass-like leaves growing around 5cm tall. It has a short rhizome, spreading to form clusters of growth[
1880
Title
Inhibitory Effects of Carex humilis Extract on Elastase Activity and Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Expression
Publication
J. Soc. Cosmet. Scientists Korea Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2010, 129-136
Author
Sun Hee Park et al
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
Written in Korean, apart from an abstract written in English
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for use as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic products.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

S. & C. Europe to W. Asia - Britain to Spain, east to southern Russia, Caucasia and Iran; W. Siberia; E. Asia - eastern China, Japan, Korea

Habitat

Shady places, amongst rocks or in dry forests in Korea[
1880
Title
Inhibitory Effects of Carex humilis Extract on Elastase Activity and Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Expression
Publication
J. Soc. Cosmet. Scientists Korea Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2010, 129-136
Author
Sun Hee Park et al
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
Written in Korean, apart from an abstract written in English
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant contains the compound alpha-viniferin. It has been shown that this compound has several activities within the body; it inhibits the inflammatory response; it inhibits the activity of topoisomerase and thus exhibits anticancer effects; and it inhibits the acetylcholine hydrolytic enzyme, thus helping to improve memory[1880.

Other Uses

An extract of the roots is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner and anti-wrinkle agent[
1243
Title
CosIng
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/cosing/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.
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1880
Title
Inhibitory Effects of Carex humilis Extract on Elastase Activity and Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Expression
Publication
J. Soc. Cosmet. Scientists Korea Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2010, 129-136
Author
Sun Hee Park et al
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
Written in Korean, apart from an abstract written in English
].

Propagation

Seed -
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