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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Lepironia articulata (PROSEA) – PlantUse English
It is cultivated in Thailand, Sumatra, Borneo, India and China and sometimes escapes from cultivation can be found e. The stems of L.
In Borneo and South Sumatra strong and completely closed L. In Australia the still fleshy, thickened rhizomes are eaten by aboriginals.
The main production area of L. In the period between 3.
Production in South Sumatra was for local use only and was estimated at 40 mats and “mat-bags” per year. No recent production or trade figures are available. A subaquatic, rush-like, leafless, rhizomatous, perennial herb, up to 2.
Stems culms close together, arranged in one row along the rhizome, each one erect, le;ironia cylindrical, 0. Leaves reduced to bladeless sheaths, cm long, upper one longest, split on one side, margins overlapping, brownish or reddish.
Here, reed swamps dominated by L. Up to 7 m rhizomes were found per m 2at cm below the mud surface. Within the subfamily CyperoideaeLepironia L. Lepironia has often been considered a monotypic genus, with L. It grows in oligotrophic, slightly acid pH 5.
In Borneo planting material of L. The planting distance is cm, with each pocket containing shoots. Before planting, the area is cleaned of weeds, but soil preparation is not practised.
Natural reproduction of L. Harvesting is year-round and is done by pulling up flowering stems together and cutting them to the required size. More recent reports from Borneo indicate that L. Cutting must preferably be done a few cm away from the rhizome because if the rhizome is damaged the plant will need more aarticulata to produce new culms.
No yield data are known. Total living biomass production for L. This is much lower than the biomass production of other tropical aquatic sedges, such as Cyperus papyrus L.
The harvested stems of L. These bundles are pounded with rice pestles until they are flat and ready for weaving.