Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Grass & Grass-like Plant (Sedge (Cyperaceae))
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|Africa, China, Indo-China, Malesia and Australia
|Terrestrial, Aquatic (Freshwater Pond / Lake / River)
|Preferred Climate Zone
Description and Ethnobotany
|A perennial herb, it can grow up to 1m in height.
|The leaf sheath is purple-red and cylindric. The leaf blade is flate with conspicuous transverse veins and abaxial mid-vein.
|The flowers are borne on spikes and are globose to sub-globose in shape. The spikelets are many and radially spreading. The glumes are red but abaxially green in the middle.
|The fruit is a nutlet and is narrowly oblong in shape.
|It is found growing in grasslands and swamps, along the waterways and paddy fields from sea level to 1000m in altitude.
|Desirable Plant Features
Plant Care and Propagation
|Lots of Water
|Moist Soils, Waterlogged Soils (Does not Drain Site), Easy to Grow
|Seed, Storage Organ (Rhizome)
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Mature Foliage Texture(s)
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Mature Foliage Colour(s) Remarks
|purplish red sheath.
|Flower & Plant Sexuality
|Cluster / Inflorescence
|Spikelet / Compound Spike
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.