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Ottochloa nodosa
(Kunth) Dandy, Poaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Other Latin names:  Panicum nodosum Kunth

Common name(s): [more details]

Chinese: lu zi cao

English: short-glumed panic, slender panic grass

Habit:  grass

Description:  "Decumbent perennial, up to ca 45 cm tall, rooting at lower nodes; culms usually unbranched, nodes glabrous or with few hairs.  Leaf sheaths glabrous except for ciliate margin; ligules short; leaf blades linear or linear-ovate, 1.8-15 cm x 0.2-0.9 cm, glabrous or with few hairs at base.  Panicles up to ca 20 cm long, primary branches 4-12, lower ones up to ca 15 cm long, usually with secondary branching, these usually with several spikelets; spikelets ca 3-3.5 mm long; lower glume ca 1/3-1/2 as long as spikelet, glabrous, upper glume ca 1/2-2/3 as long as spikelet; lower floret with lemma glabrous; upper floret glabrous" (Stanley and Ross, 1989; vol. 3, p. 227).

Description from GrassBase.

Habitat/ecology:  "Usually in shady places" (Stanley and Ross, 1989; vol. 3, p. 227).

Propagation:  Seed, rooting from lower nodes.

Native range:  Africa, Asia and Australia (Queensland) (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (eastern New Guinea Island)
Papua New Guinea (eastern New Guinea Island) native
Henty, E. E. (1969) (p. 137)
Forest and forest margins.
Philippines
Philippine Islands
Philippine Islands native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia
Australia (continental)
Queensland native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Cambodia
Cambodia
Cambodia (Kingdom of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
China
China
China (People's Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Malaysia
Malaysia
Malaysia (country of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States)   Hafliger, Ernst/Scholz, Hildemar (1980) (p. 74)
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) native
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 65)
Common
Taiwan
Taiwan Island
Taiwan Island native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Thailand
Thailand
Thailand (Kingdom of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Vietnam
Vietnam
Vietnam (Socialist Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 30 MAY 2005 and was last updated on 30 NOV 2008.