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Bulrush flower

Bulrush flower
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Copyright: Ian Fegent (ifegent) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 55] (404)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-15
Categories: River
Camera: Pentax K1, Pentax 2.8 100mm macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-08-06 0:54
Viewed: 446
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bulrushes (Typhaceae) are common in freshwater areas of Australia and in other parts of the world.
Typha has many survival uses. As a food, starch can be eaten from the roots/tubers. It can be eaten raw or cooked and was a staple food of Aboriginals. The starch is a lot like wheat and contains gluten, just like wheat and many other common cereal foods. Some tribes also ate the raw green flowerstalk (the part that looks like a bottle cleaner) during spring. The pollen may be baked or steamed into nutritious cakes.

The leftover fibres from the roots were often spun into tough string. The leaves may be used for mat and basket making, rafts, chairs, and many other uses.
The fluffy "cotton" in the seed heads makes excellent tinder and can also be used for insulation in clothing or bedding. If that wasn't enough, the plant also has medicinal uses as an antiseptic, and when they are burned the smoke is said to repel insects.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-08-08 11:47]

Hi Ian,this is a new lovely surprise from your country,very nice species,looks like an actor before to go to the hairstylist...ehehe..an excellent capture as usual very sharp and bright. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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