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Useful Tropical Plants

Panicum repens

L.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Panicum arenarium Brot.

Panicum chromatostigma Pilg.

Panicum convolutum P.Beauv. ex Spreng.

Panicum grossarium Forssk.

Panicum ischaemoides Retz.

Panicum kiensieleense Vanderyst

Panicum kinshasaense Vanderyst

Panicum leiogonum Delile

Panicum littorale C.Mohr ex Vasey

Panicum nyanzense K.Schum.

Panicum pauciflorum Bory ex Nees

Panicum polyphyllum Peter

Panicum polystachion Ucria

Panicum tuberosum Llanos

Common Name:

Panicum repens
Showing how the plant spreads by means of underground rhizomes
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Panicum repens is a rhizomatous, creeping grass rooting at the base, reaching 30-90 cm high[
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The plant is used in soil stabilization projects[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Widely spread in the Old World subtropics and tropics from southern Europe, through Africa and Asia to northern India and Bangladesh.

Habitat

Lake shores, edges of dams and seasonal and permanent swamps at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusCultivated

Cultivation Details

A plant of the tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 2,000 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 18 - 26°c, but can tolerate 13 - 35°c[
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Prefers a sunny position, tolerating light shade[
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The plant can become a serious weed in crops[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

A useful species for binding coastal sands, lake shores and 20 - 30° steep pond slopes[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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