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Taxon: Microlaena stipoides (Labill.) R. Br.

Genus: Microlaena
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Ehrhartoideae tribe: Ehrharteae
Nomen number: 24257
Place of publication: Prodr. 210. 1810
Name verified on: 28-Sep-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 28-Sep-2000
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: potential as lawn/turf   (fide Diversity 16:52. 2000)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Econ Pl Aust)

Distributional range:

    Malesia: Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia [s.], Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia [s.]
    New Zealand: New Zealand


  • Aldous, D. 2000. Advances in turfgrass science and management in Australasia. Diversity 16:51–52.
  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. 1961–. Flora of New Zealand.
  • Edgar, E. & H. E Connor. 1998. Zotovia and Microlaena: New Zealand Ehrhartoid Gramineae. New Zealand J. Bot. 36:582.
  • Foreman, D. B. & N. G. Walsh. 1993–. Flora of Victoria.
  • Gibbs-Russell, G. E. et al. 1990. Grasses of southern Africa. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa vol. 58.
  • Harden, G. J., ed. 1990–1993. Flora of New South Wales.
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. 1990. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11.
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Lazarides, M. & B. Hince. 1993. CSIRO Handbook of Economic Plants of Australia.
  • Lazarides, M. 1980. The tropical grasses of Southeast Asia.


Check other web resources for Microlaena stipoides (Labill.) R. Br.:


  • Caryopses: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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