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Useful Tropical Plants

Imperata conferta

(J.Presl) Ohwi

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Imperata exaltata merrillii Hack.

Imperata jaculatoria (Lour.) Roem. & Schult.

Imperata macilenta (Chauv. ex Steud.) Ohwi

Imperata ramosa Andersson

Saccharum alopecurus Nees

Saccharum confertum J.Presl

Saccharum jaculatorium Lour.

Saccharum macilentum Chauv. ex Steud.

Saccharum negrosense Steud.

Common Name:

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General Information

Imperata conferta is a perennial, evergreen grass . It spreads freely by means of its subterranean rhizomes and can form large clumps with culms 100 - 200cm tall[
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Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials. Considered to be attractive when in flower, the plant is not generally cultivated because of its propensity to become a weed[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea and the western Pacific

Habitat

Found in a wide range of open, disturbed human-created habitats; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,000 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
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http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can spread freely by means of its rhizomes - even small parts of the rhizome when left in the ground can grow into a new plant. This the plant can be very difficult to eradicate, and is also spread easily to other sites by means of small sections of the root. It is considered an invasive weed in many areas[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
,
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Plants can flower all year roundin Fiji[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the rhizomes is drunk as a treatment against diarrhoea caused by indigestion and against gonorrhoea[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

The leaves are often used for thatching[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The plants are sometimes used in weaving to make hats and mats[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Experiments have shown that the fibres from the plant can be used to make good paper[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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