Makaloa or Smooth flatsedge
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.