Invasive Alien Species
Species Name: Eragrostis tenella
- Family Name:
- Eragrostis amabilis (L.) Wight & Arn. Ex Hook. Et Arn
E. plumose (L.) Link
Poa tenella L.
- Tropic of the Old World
- A small, densely tufted annual, 7-50 cm tall. Stem cylindrical, erect or ascendant, smooth, hollow lower down. Leaf sheath split, green, often suffused with purple, striate, mouth hairy, 1.2-1.6 cm long; ligule a fringe of hairs; blade linear with broad base, rough margined, 2-20 cm x 2-8 mm. Inflorescence about 15 cm long, but variable in size, usually with many very slender spreading b ranches 2-4 cm long or shorter; spikelets small, usually about 0.2-0.25 cm long, with 3-6 florets, pale green, tinged with violet color. Caryopsis ovoid, brown, 0.7 mm long.
- Invaded Habitat:
- Lawns, road sides, waste places, old walls, beach dikes, gardens, upland rice fields.
- Throughout Indonesia.
- Found from 0-1800 m altitude. Sunny or somewhat shaded, moist to soggy sites. It thrives on both permeable and impermeable soils, and is often found in compacted and stony areas. It is a prolific seed producer. One plant produces 140 000 seeds.
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