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Useful Tropical Plants

Tripsacum laxum

Nash

Poaceae


There has been considerable confusion in the past between this species and Tripsacum andersonii J.R.Gray. The information detailed below probably refers more to Tripsacum andersonii, but possibly also applies to this species[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Tripsacum fasciculatum Trin. ex Asch.

Common Name:

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General Information

Tripsacum laxum is a robust, evergreen, perennial grass with erect culms that can be 3 - 5 metres tall and 5 - 10mm in diameter.
There is some doubt over the identity of this plant, but it is possibly widely cultivated throughout the tropics as a cut fodder, as a hedge, soil conditioner and for erosion control.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Colombia; C. America - Guatemala, north to Mexico; Caribbean - Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height3.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusCultivated

Cultivation Details

A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 2,000 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 30°c, but can tolerate 12 - 35°c[
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Ecocrop
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Grows best in full sun, but plants can maintain good growth with 50% shade[
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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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Tropical Forages
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Tropical Forages
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
]. Prefers a pH in the range 4 - 4.5, tolerating 2.7 - 5[
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Title
Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. The plant is adapted to inundated and marshy conditions; it has a remarkable tolerance to shallow water tables, but poor tolerance to soil moisture stress[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is used to form a stout hedgerow (living fence) or for contour strips with or without companion legume on hill land, especially that growing cassava (Manihot esculenta)[
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Title
Tropical Forages
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
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Planted as a break to reduce insect pests in run-down tea plantation land in Sri Lanka, and to combat bacterial wilt of potatoes in Burundi[
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Tropical Forages
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
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Used for soil erosion control, mulching and as a soil conditioner in drained swamps in Malaysia[
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Title
Tropical Forages
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http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - fertile seeds are seldom, if ever, produced outside the plant's native range[
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Grassland Species - Profiles
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http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
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Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
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Title
Tropical Forages
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http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
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Division of the rhizomes.
The plant can be established by planting stem cuttings or rooted culms at the beginning of the rainy season, either in holes or in a plough furrow, 50 - 65cm apart in rows 1 metre wide[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2020-07-06. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Tripsacum+laxum>

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