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Family Cyperaceae
Fimbristylis quinquangularis
(Vahl) Kunth

Scientifric names  Common names
Fimbristylis angularis Link Agor (Tag.)
Fimbristylis benghalensis (Pers.) Roem. & Schult. Gumi (Pang.) 
Fimbristylis fauriei Ohwi Sirau-sirau (Ilk.) 
Fimbristylis miliacea (L.) Vahl Sirisi-buyas (Bik.) 
Fimbristylis mucronata Vahl Taulat (Tag.) 
Fimbristylis quinquangularis (Vahl) Kunth Ubod-ubod (Tag.)
Iria angularis (Link) Kuntze Five-angly fimbry (Engl.)
Iria miliacea (L.) Kuntze Globe fringerush (Engl.)
Iria quinquangularis (Vahl) Kuntze Grass-like fimbry (Engl.)
Isolepis angularis Schrad. ex Schult. Grasslike fimbristylis (Engl.)
Isolepis miliacea (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl Hoorahgrass (Engl.)
Isolepis pentagona (Roxb.) Schult.  
Isolepis tetragona Schult.  
Scirpus benghalensis Pers.  
Scirpus miliaceus L.  
Scirpus niloticus Blanco  
Scirpus parviflorus Willd. ex Kunth  
Scirpus pentagonus Roxb.  
Scirpus quinquangularis Vahl  
Trichelostylis angularis (Link) Nees  
Trichelostylis miliacea (L.) Nees  
Trichelostylis pentagona Nees  
Trichelostylis quinquangularis (Vahl) Nees  
Trichelostylis tetragona (Schult.) Nees  
Fimbristylis miliacea (L.) Vahl is a synonym of Fimbristylis quinquangularis (Vahl) Kunth The Plant List
Fimbristylis quinquangularis (Vahl) Kunth is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
BRAZIL: Cominho, Cabelo de negro, Pelunco.
CHINESE: Shui shi cao.
HINDI: Ghueen, Dilli.
INDONESIAN: Adas-adasan, Riwit, Tumbaran, Babawangan, Bulu mata munding, Panon munding.
JAPANESE: Hiderike, Hideriko.
KOREAN: Barambaneulgiji.
MALAYSIAN: Rumput bukit, Rumput keladi, Rumput tahi, Janggut keli.
PALAUAN: Kerngimes kederang.
POHNPEIAN: Lingkerekenwel.
SPANISH: Barba de fraile, Pajarillo, Tussia, Pelo mico.
TAIWAN: Mu shih tsau.
THAI: Yah nuad maew, Yah nuad pladouk.
URDU: Chhoti bhoin

Agor is a tufted, slender, glabrous, rather flaccid annual sedge, 40 to 60 centimeters in height. Leaves are basal, distichous, up to 40 centimeters long. Umbels are decompound, rather lax and diffuse, 6 to 10 centimeters long. The spikelets are small, globose, 2 to 2.5 millimeters long, pale or brown, mostly slenderly pedicelled, some sessile. Nuts are obovoid, straw-colored or ivory, 0.3 to 0.5 millimeter long.

- Ubiquitous paddy weed throughout the Philippines in open, wet places.
- Pantropic.

- Agor is one of the most harmful weeds in rice fields. It is very competitive with rice, becoming widespread in new areas of rice production. Roots spread vigorously, growing between rice roots and seriously competing with nutrients.

Parts used

- Malays use leaves for poulticing in fever.
- Tribe in central India use the roots for dysentery.
- Crushed rhizome used as aphrodisiac. Leaves used as poultice for fevers. (5)
- Fodder: Eaten by cattle, seeds pass through the digestive tract mostly undigested, germinating near droppings.

No studies found.


Last Update June 2016

Photo © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: / Fimbristylis miliacea . Globe Fringe-rush / A Practical Field Guide to Weeds of Rice in Asia / Past of IRRI collection / Creative Commons Attribution-NC / flickr / Click on graphic to see original image
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Fimbristylis miliacea (L.) Vahl / Chinese name / Catalogue of Life, China
Fimbristylis miliacea (L.) Vahl - CYPERACEAE / Monocotyledon / Idao.cirad.fr
Fimbristylis littoralis Gaudich. / Common names / PIER
Fimbristylis quinquangularis / Synonyms / The Plant List
Fimbristylis quinquangularis / Useful Tropical Plants
Fimbristylis miliacea / Vernacular names / GlobinMed
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