Gund (Cyperous papyrus/ Scripus lacustris)
This plant is known as Gund or Mothe in Nepali and Gond and Gohan in Tharu language is identified by many names depending on who you ask and where you are in Nepal. While it can be found throughout the country, it grows mostly in the southern district of the Terai. The Tharus have been using it to make mats and baskets since their ancestry. The 1 to 1.5 meter long, hollow and cylindrical stems have a smooth outer layer. The plant is topped by dense, thin, green and shiny stalks, which bear small brown spikelets in summer that eventually turn to brown fruits.

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