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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Bolboschoenus medianus
synonym:   Scirpus medianus
Common Name:marsh club rush , marsh club sedge , purua grass
Status:DISABLED: Unavailable for now & possibly forever
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Indigenous Plant Use, May not be Indigenous to Whitehorse, Aquatic
Indigenous Plant Use:Edible root tubers that Aboriginal people roast and then pound between stones before baking into starchy cakes. The root tubers are about the size of walnuts, with a very hard outer cover.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun
Sandy, Clay, Moist, Well Drained, Aquatic
Size
(HxW):
2 x 1.5 m
Foliage:Flat dark green, grass-like
Flowers:October-April, Red-brown bracts
General
Comments:
It is a fast growing riparian plant that prefers damp soil along the river margins and banks. It helps prevent erosion of riverbanks, as well as providing important habitat for small animals.


Further
Information:
  1. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  2. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  3. Atlas of Living Australia
  4. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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