There has been considerable confusion over the correct name of this species, and it has often been known as Cyperus aristatus Rottb., and also as Cyperus inflecus Muhl.[
Chlorocyperus inflexus (Muhl.) Palla
Cyperus aristatus Rottb.
Cyperus aureus J.Presl & C.Presl
Cyperus brownii Roem. & Schult.
Cyperus falciculosus Liebm.
Cyperus inflexus Muhl.
Cyperus purshii Roem. & Schult.
Cyperus pygmaeus Nutt.
Cyperus uncinatus R.Br.
Cyperus versicolor Nees
Dichostylis aristata (Rottb.) Palla
Dichostylis squarrosa (L.) Palla
Isolepis echinulata Kunth
Mariscus aristatus (Rottb.) Cherm.
Mariscus intricatus (L.) Cufod.
Mariscus squarrosus (L.) C.B.Clarke
Pycreus squarrosus (L.) Nees
Scirpus intricatus L.
Scirpus lappaceus Lam.
Cyperus squarrosus is an annual, grass-like plant growing from a fibrous rootstock. It produces a loose clump of culms around 2 - 40cm tall[
]. perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Cyperus squarrosus is widespread with stable populations and does not face any major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
This species has a sub-cosmopolitan distribution, absent only from Europe and northern Asia[
Wet places in valleys and lowland all over N. America[
]. Seasonally flooded areas, along the edges of tanks, pools and streams, in ditches, in rice fields and also by roadsides[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Prefers a moist sandy loam[
The dried plant is fragrant[
]. The plant has a strong aroma of Aloe tincture[
Tuber - raw or cooked[
]. A starchy flavour[
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.