Fimbristylis miliacea

[From Latin, fimbriata = fringed, stylus = style, and miliacea = pertaining to millet]

Synonymy: Fimbristylis littoralis Gau-dich., Scirpus miliaceus Linn., Scirpus niloticus Blanco, Trichelostylis miliacea Nees & Arn., Isolepis miliacea Presl.

Common names: Lesser fimbristylis, grass like Fimbristylis; rumput tahi ker-bau (Malay).

Uses: In Malaysia, Fimbristylis miliacea is used to combat fever. In Taiwan, the plant is used to counteract snake's poisoning. The pharmacological properties of Fimbristylis miliacea remain unexplored.

Fig. 400. Fimbristylis miliacea. From: KLU 036775. Botanisk Institut Aarhus Universitet. Flora of Thailand. Field collectors: 1974, Kai Larsen & Supee S Larsen. Geographical localization: Northern: Maehongson: Khun Yuam, 600-700 m altitude, 18° 15' North-98° East, in Dipterocarp forest, wet land, Thailand.

Physical description: It is a herb native to tropical America which grows to a height of 60 cm in wet land and grassy water courses of the Asia-Pacific. Leaves: linear, sheathing from the base of the stem and up to 30 cm long. The inflorescences are terminal racemes of 4cm long of globose spikelets of 2.5 mm x 1.5 mm. The bracts are 1.8cm-3mm and linear. The fruits are 0.8mm-1 mm long utricles (Fig. 400).

Fig. 400. Fimbristylis miliacea. From: KLU 036775. Botanisk Institut Aarhus Universitet. Flora of Thailand. Field collectors: 1974, Kai Larsen & Supee S Larsen. Geographical localization: Northern: Maehongson: Khun Yuam, 600-700 m altitude, 18° 15' North-98° East, in Dipterocarp forest, wet land, Thailand.

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