Cyperus longus Cyperaceae Galingale or Han

Cyperus longus 18kb

Description - This sedge has narrow, dark-green leaves, which can feel quite rough and sharp. The flower spikes, which appear in July, are red-brown. Plants reach about 50cm in height.

Habitat - found in damp meadows, often covering large areas if left unchecked.

Comments - This is a native of the Channel Islands, and was extensively used in Guernsey in the construction of saddles, mats, horses' collars and rope. Earlier in the last century it was left uncut in the fields for these purposes, whereas now the farmers curse it, as the tough nature of the plant blunts cutting edges once it is mature



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