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Imperata cylindrica

Herbe Cogon
Cogon Grass

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower size

spikelet 2-6 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Linear

Height

60-300 cm

Description

Imperata cylindrica has a smooth stem, hairy at the nodes. An invasive plant, considered by some to belong to the 10 most invasive plants in the world. Spreads by creeping rhizomes.

Originally from Japan, China, Korea, India and tropical east Africa. Some of the green leaves turn red in summer, giving this grass its attractive look. The plumes, initially green turn silvery white. It grows on wetlands as well as in dry areas.

An ornamental variety of Imperata cylindrica is Imperata cylindrica Red Baron.

Flowers

A dense silky-white panicle to 20 cm long.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Blade, channelled, 2 cm wide narrowing into a point with sharp edge. Main vein lighter than rest of the leaf.

Fruits Seeds

Caryopsis: dry fruit (grain).

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