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Family Cyperaceae
Schoenoplectus lacustris (L.) Palla

Scientific names Common names
Eleogiton duvalii Fourr. Tiker (Ilk.)
Eleogiton lacustris (L.) Fourr. Common club-rush (Engl.)
Heleophylax lacustris (L.) Schinz. & Thell. Common tule (Engl.)
Hymenochaeta lacustris (L.) Nakai True bulrush (Engl.)
Hymenochaeta makinoi Nakai  
Schoenoplectus lacutris (L.) Palla
Schoenus lacutris (L.) Bernh.  
Scirpus andrzejowscii Besser ex. Schult.  
Scirpus barbulatus Kunth  
Scirpus brayi Hoppe ex Roem. & Schult.  
Scirpus ciliatus Steud.  
Scirpus custoris Hegetschw  
Scirpus drepanensis Lojac.  
Scirpus holoschoenus Oeder  
Scirpus janii Besser ex Schult.  
Scirpus jardinei Steud. & Jard.  
Scirpus lacustris L.  
Scirpus lithuanicus Besser ex Schult.  
Scirpus macrophyllus Besser ex Schult.  
Scirpus medius Gray  
Scirpus meyenii Nees  
Scirpus orgyalis Raf.  
Scirpus turgidus Thuill.  
Scirpus wolfgangii Besser ex Schult.  
Scirpus lacustris L. is a synonym of Schoenoplectus lacustris (L.) Palla The Plant List
Schoenoplectus lacustris (L.) Palla is an accepted name The Plant List

Tiker is an aquatic herb with horizontal rhizomes. Stems are stout, 45 to 120 centimeters tall, often standing in water. Leaves vary greatly in size, some being hardly discernible, others growing to 10 centimeters or, when floating, reaching a length of 30 to 60 centimeters. Umbels are usually once or twice divided, 10 to 15 centimeters in diameter, and sometimes reduced almost to a small head. Spikelets are clustered and solitary, 10 to 12 millimeters long. Glumes are ovate. Bristles are as long as the nut or reduced. Nuts are obovoid, smooth and black.

- In fresh-water swamps, from sea level to 1,300 meters altitude in Luzon (Cagayan, Zambales, Benguet).
- Can grow in water one foot deep.
- Also found in most warm countries except Malaya and South America.

- Astringent, diuretic.
- Studies have shown antibacterial properties.

Parts used


- Roots and young shoots, raw or cooked.
- Raw buds of rhizomes are sweet and crisp.
- Seeds are ground and mixed with flour for making cakes.
- Rhizome used as astringent and diuretic.
- Papermaking / Crafts: Pith of stems used in paper making. Stems used for making matting, chair bottoms, thatching.

Scirpus lacustris was one of five medicinal plants in a study of 10 herbs that showed significant antibacterial activity against Nocardia asteroides and N. brasiliensis. (1)
Bioremediation of Chromium: Study evaluated the potential of three plants viz., Scirpus lacustris, Phragmites karka, and Bacopa monnieri to accumulate chromium under laboratory conditions. Results showed the plants have the ability to accumulate substantial amounts of chromium. When plants were grown in tannery effluent and sludge, they caused significant reduction in chromium concentrations. (3)


Last Updated October 2016
May 2011

IMAGE SOURCE: Photograph / Schoenoplectus lacustris, Hohenloher Land, Germany / Bernd Haynold / File:Schoenoplectus lacustris 260605.jpg / 26 July 2005/ CC BY 2.5 / click on image to go to source page / Wikipedia
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Scirpus lacustris Linn. / Otto Wilhelm Thomé: Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (1885) - Permission granted to use under GFDL by Kurt Stueber / Modifications by G. Stuart / alterVISTA

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Evaluation of antibacterial properties and review of 10 medicinal herbs on preventing the growth of pathogenic Nocardia species / Eshraghi, S.; Amin, G.; Othari, A. / Journal of Medicinal Plants 2009 Vol. 8 No. 32 pp. 60-78, 189
Schoenoplectus lacustris (L.) Palla / Synonyms / The Plant List
Bioremediation of Chromium from Water and Soil by Vascular Aquatic Plants / P. Chandra , S. Sinha , and U. N. Rai / Phytoremediation of Soil and Water Contaminants, Chapter 20, pp 274–282 / Chapter DOI: 10.1021/bk-1997-0664.ch020

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