BULRUSH, Papkuil, matjiesriet, palmiet, (Afr); Ibhuma (Zu, Swazi); Ingcongolo (Xho); Motsitla (Sotho) Scientific Name:
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- Robust, perennial reed-like plant with thick, fleshy, creeping rhizomes, erect stems and long strap-shaped, hairless leaves.
- Bears flowers tightly packed into a thick brown mass just below the male part.
- The male flower falls off, leaving the bulrush 'flower' that is the fruiting part of the plant.
- Can grow up to 3m.
- Needs wet soil or shallow water in sun or shade.
- The fast-growing rhizomes spread quickly and will form large clumps of leaves.
- It can be controlled by chopping back new rhizomes.
- For easier maintenance and to manage growth, plant bulrushes in separate containers.
- When necessary, the container can be removed from the water, the plant can be cut back and the container could be put back in the water.
- The fleshy, spongy rhizomes are dried, pounded to a meal and used as a source of starch.
- The pollen may also be used as a high-protein food.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- Rhizomes, pollen and leaves.
- The rhizomes are used for venereal diseases and during pregnancy to ensure easy delivery - strengthens uterine contractions.
- Promotes fertility in women, enhances male potency and libido (improves circulation ).
- Treats diarrhea and dysentery.
- Hand brooms are made from the leaves – it is also used in weaving and thatching (craft work and house building).
- The leaves were used for caulking barrels and for insulating the roofs of early houses at the Cape.
- The female inflorescences can be dipped in kerosene and used as torches - or they can be used as decorative dried flowers.
- The floss can be used for stuffing and padding.
- In South America it has been used to make paper.
- Can also be used for water purification and green manure.
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