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Grasses

Grasses have cylindrical flowering stalks, sedges are triangular in cross-section.  Many species are difficult to identify without careful examination of flowers & seeds. 

HAWAII - ENDEMIC

Eragrostis variabilis   

KAWELU

 

Trisetum glomeratum  

MOUNTAIN PILI

 

Deschampsia nubigena  

HAIRGRASS

 

 


HAWAII - INDIGENOUS

Sporobolus virginicus

'AKI'AKI

 

Heteropogon contortus

PILI

 

HAWAII - POLYNESIAN INTRODUCTION

Saccharum officinarum

SUGARCANE        KO

 


HAWAII - NATURALIZED

 

Sporobolus indicus

SMUTGRASS

 

Stenotaphrum secundatum 

ST. AUGUSTINE GRASS

 

Setaria verticillata  

BRISTLY FOXTAIL

 

Cenchrus ciliaris  

BUFFELGRASS

 

Melinis repens  

NATAL REDTOP

 

Cenchrus echinatus  

COMMON SANDBUR

 

Urochloa maxima  

GUINEA GRASS

 

Chloris barbata  

SWOLLEN FINGERGRASS

 

Holcus lanatus

COMMON VELVET GRASS

 

Echinochloa colona

JUNGLE-RICE

 

Dactyloctenium aegyptium  

BEACH WIREGRASS

 

Setaria palmifolia  

PALMGRASS

 

Paspalum fimbriatum 

COLUMBIA GRASS

 

Coix lachryma-jobi

JOB'S TEARS

 

 

Oplismenus hirtellus

BASKET GRASS

 

Urochloa mutica  

CALIFORNIA GRASS


HAWAII - CULTIVATED

Cymbopogon citratus

LEMONGRASS

 

Bambusa vulgaris

COMMON or GIANT YELLOW

CLUMPING BAMBOO