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Characteristics: Rhizomatous grass 60-150 cm
Seeds per packet: 30
A perennial rhizomatous grass with leaves are about 2 cm wide near the base of the plant and narrow to a sharp point at the top, the margins are finely toothed and are embedded with sharp silica crystals.
It is used for thatching the roofs of traditional homes in Papua New Guinea. Planted extensively for ground cover and soil stabilisation near beach areas and other areas subject to erosion.
Other uses include paper-making, thatching and weaving into mats and bags. However its most common usefulness may be seen in its medicinal properties which include astringent, febrifuge, diuretic, tonic and styptic action. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Young inflorescence's and shoots may be eaten cooked, and the roots contain starch and sugars and are therefore easy to chew.
Adaptable to most soils and conditions, drought and frost resistant.
Native to Australia, east and southeast Asia, India, Micronesia and eastern and southern Africa.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.