Description: Atat is a low-lying plant with prostrate stems up to 3 m (10 ft) long. It has yellowish flowers, small fruit covered with spines, and leaves that are broad, oval-shaped, and somewhat fleshy.
Distribution: It is a coastal strand plant found on tropical sandy shores from southeast Asia to Micronesia and eastern Polynesia. In the Marshall Islands, atat is found on almost all atolls and reef islands.
Uses: The stems of atat are used for a number of cordage or fiber purposes, including the fabrication of traditional clothing. For example, atat cordage is used to decorate the borders of mats, and parts of the plant are used to produce a dye for these mats. It is sometimes referred to as "old man's medicine" and is mixed with other plants to cure coughs. The leaves are used medicinally to heal cuts and open wounds.