Chlorocyperus fendlerianus (Boeckeler) Palla
Chlorocyperus mexicanus Palla
Mariscus fendlerianus (Boeckeler) T.Koyama
Common Name: Fendler's Flatsedge
Cyperus fendlerianus is a perennial grass-like plant growing from a rhizomatous rootstock; it produces a cluster of culms that can grow around 2 - 70cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Central and southwestern N. America - Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and throughout Mexico.
Clearings in montane forests; at elevations from 500 - 1,800 metres[
Prefers a moist sandy loam in a sunny position[
Hybridization between Cyperus fendlerianus and Cyperus sphaerolepis occurs occasionally in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico[
Tuber - raw or cooked[
]. They are usually peeled[
We have no specific information for this species, but it is said that the inner base of the young stems of all species in this genus can be eaten raw, and make an excellent survival food in times of need[
The leaves are used for weaving hats, matting etc.
Seed - surface sow in the spring and keep the compost moist[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 18°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring or autumn. This is more a matter of harvesting the tubers and replanting them. If this is done in the autumn, then it is best to store the tubers in a cool frost-free place overwinter and plant them out in the spring.