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Cyperaceae - Sedge Family
This tall dark green march grass grows in dense stands.
3 - 10 feet tall
The stems smooth, round, pithy, and leafless
Rootstock thick and scaly
The stems are topped by branching clusters of brown, bristly flower spikes
Flower spikes ripen to produce edible seeds in late summer or early fall. They seeds may persist throughout the winter months, making them a viable, albeit meager, winter food source.
This plant is easily recognizable as it is leafless, and it grows in large dense colonies.
Mud, shallow fresh, or brackish water
Shoots, Pollen, Seeds, Rootstock
Wild Food Uses:
In spring the young shoots can be eaten raw, or used as a cooked vegetable. The tender cores of the lower stem can also be eaten in older plants. The starchy tips of the rootstock can be roasted and eaten as a potato substitute from autumn through spring. They can also be dried, and pounded into a flour. The seeds and pollen can also be ground into a passable flour. The seeds can also be gathered and simmered in water to make a nutritious cereal.
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The leaves can be used to weave baskets or mats, or to make thatching to waterproof a shelter.