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Family Gramineae / Poaceae
Grama
Eragrostis japonica (Thunb.) Trin.
POND LOVEGRASS
Sui mi zhi feng cao

Scientific names (Partial) Common names
Airopsis jubata Griseb. Grama (Tag.)
Diandrochloa diarrhena (Schult.) A.N.Henry Pond lovegrass (Engl.)
Diandrochloa diplachnoides (Steud.) A.N.Henry Japanese lovegrass (Engl.)
Diandrochloa glomerata (Walter) Burkart  
Diandrochloa japonica (Thunb.) A.N.Henry  
Diandrochloa namaquensis (Nees) De Winter  
Eragrostis aturensis (Kunth) Trin. ex Steud.  
Eragrostis aurea Steud.  
Eragrostis conferta (Elliot) Trin.  
Eragrostis depauperata Andersson  
Eragrostis diarrhena (Schult. & Schult.) Steud.  
Eragrostis elegans Nees  
Eragrostis japonica (Thunb.) Trin.  
Eragrostis volgensis Roshev.  
Glyceria pilosa Steud.  
Megastachya aturensis (Kunth) Roem. & Schult.  
Panicum leptanthum Steud.  
Poa aturensis Kunth  
Poa dirrhena Schult. & Schult.f.  
Poa glomerata Walter  
Poa japonica Thunb.  
Poa stricta Roth  
Roshevitsia diarrhena (Schult. & Schult.) Tzvelev  
Roshevitsia diplachnoides (Steud.) Tzvelev  
Roshevitsia glomreata (Walter) Tzvelev  
Roshevitsia japonica (Thunb) Tzvelev  
Sporobolus confertiflorus A.Rich.  
Sporobolus verticillatus Nees  
Vilfa confertiflora (A.Rich.) Steud.  
Eragrostis japonica (Thunb.) Trin. is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
CHINESE: Xu xu cao, Luan cao, Sui mi zhi feng cao.
JAPANESE: Kogome kaze kusa.
VIETNAMESE: Tinhthao nhat.

Botany
Grama is an erect, loosely tufted grass, 0.8 to 1.5 meters high. Leaves are 12 to 20 centimeters long, 3 to 5 millimeters wide. Panicles are elongated, erect, 20 to 40 centimeters long; branches are slender, usually fascicled, often up to 12 centimeters long. Spikelets are pedicelled, very numerous, pale, 2 to 4 millimeters long; the flowering glumes, 6 to 10, about 1 millimeter long.

Distribution
- In open, wet grasslands, along streams, etc., at low and medium altitudes from northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao.
- Also occurs from tropical Asia and Africa to Japan and Malaya.

Parts used
Leaves.

Uses

Folkloric
- Infusion of fresh leaves administered externally as a poultice for headaches.
Others
- Forage: As animal food. Used to induce lactogene in cows.

Studies
No studies found.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update April 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: Digitally modified / Public Domain / Eragrostis japonica / Jose Hernandez - USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database - Not copyrighted image / EOL-Encyclopedia of Life
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Eragrostis japonica (Thunb.) Trin. / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
(2)
Sorting Eragrostis names
/ Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
(3)
A Textbook of Medicinal Plants from Nigeria / Edited by Tolu Odugbemi / Google Books
(4)
Eragrostis japonica / Synonyms / The Plant List
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