A sizable number of macrophytes growing luxuriantly in Kawar lake, the largest one of its kind in Bihar, are utilized by the native folk for food (Euryale ferox, Ipomoea aquatica, Nelumbo nucifera, Nymphaea nouchali, Nymphaea sp. - a probable hybrid, Cyperus rotundus), fodder (Commelina benghalensis, Cynodon dactylon, Cyperus iria, C. rotundus, Echinochloa colonum, E.