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Common name

English: Alang-alang, Cogon grass

German: Flammengras

Mandarin: 白茅 (bai mao)

Portuguese: Imperata cylindrica, Imperato


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Cyperales (91)

        Family: Poaceae (72)(family description)

          Genus: Imperata (1)

            Epithet: cylindrica (L.) Beauv. (1)

Synonyms: Imperata allang Jungh., Imperata angolensis Fritsch, Imperata arundinacea Cirillo

allang => derived from the vernacular name for the species in Malaya (alang-alang)

angolensis => from Angola

arundinacea => resembling Arundo, referring to the reed-like characteristics

cylindrica => cylindrical


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Imperata cylindrica at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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