The leaves are harvested from the wild and used for making baskets, as a packing material etc. The plant has been cultivated for this purpose in Indonesia[. L. articulata occurs discontinuously from Madagascar through Sri Lanka, China and South-East Asia (Thailand, Indo-China, Peninsular. Lepironia articulata occurs discontinuously from Madagascar through Sri Lanka, South-East and East Asia to Australia, the Caroline Islands.

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It often forms extensive communities. Lepironia articulata will remain a locally useful and readily available source of high-quality weaving material in Madagascar.

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Monographs in systematic botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. No germplasm collections or breeding programmes of L. Views Read View source View history.

Stems culms close together, arranged in one row along the rhizome, each one erect, slenderly cylindrical, 0. Lepironia has often been considered a monotypic genus, with Lepironia articulata being the only articulaa, but at present Lepironia and Chorizandra have been united into a larger genus Lepironiawith 1 species in subgenus Lepironia characterized by an inflorescence consisting of one spike-like cluster and pistils with 2 stigmasand 4 Australian species in subgenus Chorizandra characterized by a head-like inflorescence with several spikes and pistils with 3 stigmas.


See Terms of Use for details. In Borneo and South Sumatra strong and completely closed Lepironia articulata mats have been used as packing material for tobacco, rubber, kapok, cotton, cane sugar and other products, for drying paddy and for the transport of food products such as rice, salt and dried fish. Kew Bulletin 56 2: Within the subfamily CyperoideaeLwpironia L. Harvesting is year-round and is done by pulling up flowering stems together and cutting them to the required size.

Before planting, the area is cleaned of weeds, but soil preparation is not practised. It grows in oligotrophic, slightly acid pH 5. This page was last modified on 28 Aprilat These bundles are pounded with rice pestles until they are flat and ready for weaving. Here, reed swamps dominated by L.

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No yield data are known. In view of its wide distribution area, Lepironia articulata does not seem to be threatened with extinction. The stems of Lepironia articulata are very good weaving material, highly valued in Madagascar, because of its durability, suppleness and workability.

A subaquatic, rush-like, leafless, rhizomatous, perennial herb, up to 2. It is a weed of rice fields in Malaysia. In South-East Asia the harvested stems are dried for 3 days, after which they are tied into bundles 10 cm in diameter.


It is cultivated in Thailand, Sumatra, Borneo, India and China and sometimes escapes from cultivation can be found e. The stems of L. In Australia the still fleshy, thickened rhizomes are eaten by aboriginals.

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Retrieved from ” https: Because of the wide range of packaging materials available nowadays, mats and other products made from L.

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Lecomte Lepironia articulata var. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.