Scientific nameThis reed-like plant is found in river and wetland-type areas of fresh or salty water. It has a stem of a few meters topped with an umbrella-shaped tuft of flat leaf structures, sometimes with the seeds emerging from the centre of the umbrella. It occurs from Piketberg in the Western Cape to southern KwaZulu-Natal. In wetlands, plants take up the excess nitrogen, phosphates, heavy metals and phenolic compounds.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It can be used as a construction material
Suitable for clay soil
Suitable for sandy soil
Cyperus textilis is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos