Swamp Saw-Grass

Cladium mariscus
Marisque
‘Uti’uti (FP)

Interesting facts

This herb is distributed and found all over the world. In Tetiaroa it grows on almost all the motu and is abundant around lakes. It can grow up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long and indicates marshy areas. It was once used by Polynesians to find fresh water. On other Pacific islands it is used to make paper.

Family

Cyperaceae

Biogeographical status

Native

Life form

Herbaceous

Abundance on Tetiaroa

Common

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

Around Fresh Water

sources
legend

S: Society | T: Tuamotu | M: Marquesas | G: Gambier | A: Australs | FP: French Polynesia