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Cyperus laevigatus

Makaloa or Smooth flatsedge

Cyperaceae

Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands

Oʻahu (Cultivated; Molokaʻi origin)

 

Makaloa is found elsewhere in Polynesia, but only early Hawaiians used them to plait mats.

 

Medicinally, the stalks were crushed to a fine powder and used to treat deep cuts, boils, skin ulcers and other skin disorders or taken as a snuff for head colds. Flower and stalk ashes mixed with kukui nut juice was rubbed on tongue for general debility.

 

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nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Cyperus_laevigatus

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Taken on May 15, 2008