Habitat: Wetlands, creek banks
Flowering Time: C. gymnocaulos: July-April C. vaginatus: Nov -April
Ngarrindjeri name: Marrngatoo
Description and uses:
Sedges of the Cyperus genus , especially Stiff -leaf Flat Sedge (C. vaginatus) and Spiny Flat Sedge (C. gymnocaulus) are water loving sedges that are favoured by the Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna folk for weaving.
When dried and re-wetted, the stems pride a strong, flexible fibre for weaving. I’ve seen all sorts of things, both traditional and contemporary, woven by skilled weavers from fish scoops to a life sized baby whale!