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Useful Tropical Plants

Agrostis perennans

(Walter) Tuck.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Agrostis humboldtiana Steud.

Agrostis hyemalis elata (Pursh) Fernald

Agrostis hyemalis oreophila (Trin.) Farw.

Agrostis intermedia Scribn.

Agrostis kufuim Speg.

Agrostis michauxii Trin.

Agrostis novae-angliae Tuck.

Agrostis noveboracensis Spreng.

Agrostis oreophila Trin.

Agrostis pseudointermedia Farw.

Agrostis pulchella Kunth

Agrostis scabra Tuck.

Agrostis scabra perennans (Walter) Alph.Wood

Agrostis schiedeana Trin.

Agrostis schweinitzii Trin.

Agrostis scribneriana Nash

Agrostis tenuifolia fretensis Hook.f.

Agrostis violacea Phil.

Agrostis weberbaueri Mez

Alopecurus carolinianus Spreng.

Cornucopiae altissima Walter

Cornucopiae altissimum Walter

Cornucopiae perennans Walter

Trichodium affine Willd. ex Steud.

Trichodium altissimum (Walter) Alph.Wood

Trichodium decumbens Michx.

Trichodium elatum Pursh.

Trichodium muehlenbergianum Schult.

Trichodium noveboracense (Spreng.) Schult. & Schult.f.

Trichodium perennans (Walter) Elliott

Vilfa elegans Kunth

Vilfa fasciculata Kunth

Agrostis aberrans Steud.

Agrostis altissima (Walter) Tuck.

Agrostis anomala Willd.

Agrostis campyla Tuck.

Agrostis canina grandiflora Hack.

Agrostis chinantlae E.Fourn.

Agrostis cornucopiae Sm.

Agrostis decumbens (Michx.) Link

Agrostis elata (Pursh) Trin.

Agrostis elegans Salisb.

Agrostis exarata angustifolia Hack.

Agrostis fasciculata (Kunth) Roem. & Schult.

Agrostis flavidula Steud.

Common Name: Upland Bent

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General Information

Agrostis perennans is a perennial, clump-forming grass with weak, decumbent stems 50 - 100cm long. This is a very variable plant in the wild, it is erect and rather stout when growing in dry open ground, but weak with a lax panicle when growing in the shade[
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

43
Title
Gray's Manual of Botany.
Publication
 
Author
Fernald. M. L.
Publisher
American Book Co.; New York
Year
1908
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
,
235
Title
An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada
Publication
 
Author
Britton. N. L. Brown. A.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1970
ISBN
0-486-22642-5
Description
Reprint of a 1913 Flora, but still a very useful book.
,
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.

Range

N. America from Ontario to Newfoundland, eastern and central USA to Texas, Florida; Mexico to Costa Rica; montane areas of S. America; Dominica, Haiti

Habitat

Open woods, thickets, rocky banks and dryish open soil[
43
Title
Gray's Manual of Botany.
Publication
 
Author
Fernald. M. L.
Publisher
American Book Co.; New York
Year
1908
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
]. In swamps, along streams, slopes, fields, and pastures; at elevations from 1,300 - 3,700 metres in Guatemala[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
HabitPerennial
Height0.90 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Agrostis perennans has a very wide native range, from southern Canada through much of the United States, Central America to the south of South America. In the tropics it is generally found at elevations above 1,500 metres and sometimes in excess of 4,000 metres, whilst in temperate areas it can descend almost to sea level.
The plant can be found in a variety of habitats in the wild, often in dryish soils in temperate areas whilst also found in quite wet habitats in more tropical regions[
43
Title
Gray's Manual of Botany.
Publication
 
Author
Fernald. M. L.
Publisher
American Book Co.; New York
Year
1908
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
,
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Edible Uses

Seed[
161
Title
Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237.
Publication
 
Author
Yanovsky. E.
Publisher
U.S. Depf of Agriculture.
Year
 
ISBN
-
Description
A comprehensive but very terse guide. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
]. No further details are given, though it is probably used as a cereal[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The seed is very small, its collection and utilization would be very fiddly[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ and only just cover the seed[
133
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1987
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. It usually germinates in 2 - 3 weeks so long as the soil does not dry out.

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