Sporobolus indicus (L.) R.Br.

  • Authority

    Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro & collaborators. 1996. Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78: 1-581.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Sporobolus indicus (L.) R.Br.

  • Description

    Species Description - Cespitose, long-lived annual or perennial herb; culms 30-100 cm tall, glabrous. Leaves borne all along the culm; ligules 0.2- 0.5 mm long; blades 6-15 x 0.2-0.7 cm, flat or folded. Panicles 7-50 X 0.3-2 cm, narrow, contracted; branches ascending and appressed, floriferous near base; pedicels appressed. Spikelets 1.3- 2.7 mm long; glumes 0.3-1.7 mm long, ovate to elliptic; lower glume nerveless; upper glume longer than the lower one, the apex acute to obtuse often irregularly toothed; lemma 1.3-2.7 mm long, ovate to oblong; anthers 0.5-1.1 mm long. Caryopsis 0.8-1.1 mm long, oblong.

    Distribution and Ecology - Occasional in open disturbed habitats. East End (A2744). Also on St. Croix and St. Thomas; pantropical, a very polymorphic species as currently recognized.