Water Ribbons

Water Ribbons plant
Water Ribbons, Triclochin procera
Source: Museum Victoria

Polango (Wathaurong), Loombrak (Gunaikurnai)

Botanical name: Triglochin procera
Family: Juncaginaceae

Uses

This plant was an important food source. People ate the tubers raw or cooked.

Distribution

This plant is common in shallows of freshwater lakes and streams across Australia. It is found within water bodies of swamp scrub, riparian woodland, grassy low open forest and moist sclerophyll forests.

Cultivation

Water Ribbons leaves can grow 0.1–2 m long and float on the water surface. This plant likes a lot of rich organic matter and to be submerged when planted.

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Water Ribbons plant