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Taxon: Bothriochloa pertusa (L.) A. Camus

Genus: Bothriochloa
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Andropogoneae
Nomen number: 7489
Place of publication: Ann. Soc. Linn. Lyon sér. 2, 76:164. 1931
Name verified on: 02-Oct-1997 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 03-Dec-1999
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 29 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • hurricane grass   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • Indian couch grass   (Source: Pl Res SEAs ) – English
  • Indian-bluegrass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • pitted bluestem   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • comagueyana   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:54. 1992)
  • Environmental: potential as lawn/turf   (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:54. 1992)
  • Environmental: revegetator   (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:54. 1992)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:54. 1992)
  • Weed   (fide Trop. Agric., Trin. 45:235-241. 1968)

Distributional range:

    China: China - Guangdong, Sichuan, Yunnan
    Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia

  • naturalized elsewhere in tropics


  • 't Mannetje, L. & R. M. Jones, eds. 1992. Forages. In: Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds., Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA). 4:54.
  • Aldous, D. 2000. Advances in turfgrass science and management in Australasia. Diversity 16:51–52.
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980–. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Hara, H. et al. 1978–1982. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal.
  • Holttum, R. E. et al. 1953–1971. A revised flora of Malaya.
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Lazarides, M. 1980. The tropical grasses of Southeast Asia.
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. 1970–. Flora of [West] Pakistan.
  • Oakes, A. J. 1968. Replacing hurricane grass in pastures of the dry tropics. Trop. Agric. (Trinidad) 45:235–241.
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. 1963–. Flora iranica.
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Shukla, U. 1996. Grasses of north-eastern India. [= Dichanthium pertusum (L.) Clayton].
  • Thulin, M., ed. 1993–. Flora of Somalia. [mentions].
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa. [mentions].
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).


Check other web resources for Bothriochloa pertusa (L.) A. Camus:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • CNWG: Catalogue of New World Grasses Searchable Database
  • World Grass Species-Descriptions: Morphological species description from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • 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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