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Cyperus brevifolius  (Rottb.) Endl. ex Hassk.


Botanical Name


Cyperus brevifolius (Rottb.) Endl. ex Hassk.

English Name


Mullumbimby couch, Green kyllinga



Kyllinga brevifolia Rottb.





General Info


A perennial herb with rhizome creeping horizontally under or close to the ground surface, stem 3-40(-50) cm long. Leaves 1-3 mm wide, canaliculate, scabrid on the margins in the upper part, grass-green. Inflorescence usually consisting of a single terminal head, involucral bracts (2-)3-4(-6), up to 6(-20) cm long, spikelets closely packed, 1(-2)-flowered; stamens 1-2(-3), stigmas 2. Fruit biconvex, laterally compressed, obovoid or ellipsoid, yellowish-brown.

Herb Effects

Anti-inflammatory (pounded rhizome); diuretic (decoction of whole plant); decongestant, antipyretic, antiinflammatory, analgesic, antimalarial (whole plant).


Philippine Medicinal Plants
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Used as poultice for sores (pounded rhizome);in whooping cough, bronchitis, swelling pain in the throat and colds with fever (whole plant); against malaria and as a wash for skin pruritus (decoction of whole plant); taken internally against diarrhea and as a poultice for snake bites, furuncles and sprains (leaves).



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