This common species is found in eastern and northern Australia and in Asia. It grows in bodies of water and in boggy areas, and grows from rhizomes. It is considered a weed in some parts of Australia. Produces both male and female flowers, the latter being the familiar brown velvety area on the Cumbungi. The plant is traditionally an Aboriginal source of food, amongst other resources it provides. The rhizomes can be roasted, new shoots eaten fresh and young flower stems steamed. The seed heads can be added to flour for baking, and contain protein. The leaves are useful for weaving into baskets, hats and mats, and all parts of the plant can be used for thatching.
|Scientific Name:||Typha orientalis|
|Other Common Names:||Cumbungi|
|Plant Type:||Clumping perennial, Aquatic|
|Height:||2 ~ 4.5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading, Column-shaped|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Division|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Bog gardens, Fast growing|
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