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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Tall Star Sedge

Afrikaans name: Matjiesgoed

Tall Star Sedge

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cyperus textilis

The Tall Star Sedge is known by a number of names including Mat Sedge, Basket Grass and Umbrella Sedge. It is found from the Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal.

This water loving plant is used to make twine, sleeping mats and baskets.

The stems of this plant can be up to 3 metres in length. At the end of the stem there are a number of things that look like leaves but are 'bracts'. The leaves are actually at the base of the stem.

Reeds and sedges play an important role in providing shelter for a number of birds, small fish and insects. They also provide nesting spots for birds.

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