Record Detail

Catalogue Number DBN 6034
Artefact DescriptionReedmace basket. This common perennial that grows in marshy areas has an abundance of uses. It was traditionally used to produce fibre and paper, for weaving and stuffing, wound dressings and babies nappies. It can be used as biomass and tinder; compost and soil stabilizer. Every part of reedmace, the flowers, leaves, roots, stems, pollen and seeds are edible and contain medicinal properties. As a medicine, reedmace could be considered a panacea or cure-all as it can be applied to metabolic, nutritional, skin, genitourinary and mental disorders as well as injuries and lactating mothers to induce milk secretion.
TaxonTYPHACEAE Typha latifolia
TDWG Continent Europe
TDWG RegionNorthern Europe
TDWG Botanical CountryIreland
LocationStrokestown, Co. Roscommon
TDWG UseMaterials - Cane
Date Collected1990s
DonorCampbell, Marcella
Date Donated2007
SourceStrokestown Craft Workers Group
NotesFor more information see: Mac Coitir, Niall 2008 Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends & Folklore, The Collins Press