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Common name

English: Kodo Millet

Mandarin: 鸭毑草 (ya jie cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Cyperales (91)

        Family: Poaceae (72)(family description)

          Genus: Paspalum (3)

            Epithet: scrobiculatum L. (1)

Synonyms: Paspalum adelogaeum Steud., Paspalum akoense Hayata, Paspalum amazonicum Trin., Paspalum auriculatum J.Presl, Paspalum borbonicum Steud., Paspalum boscianum Flüggé, Paspalum cartilagineum J.Presl, Paspalum commersonii Lam., Paspalum commutatum Nees, Paspalum confertum J.Le Conte, Paspalum coromandelinum Lam., Paspalum deightonii (C.E.Hubb.) Clayton, Paspalum firmum Trin., Paspalum horneri Henrard, Paspalum jardinii Steud., Paspalum kora Willd., Paspalum ledermannii Mez, Paspalum metabolon Steud., Paspalum metzii Steud., Paspalum moratii Toutain, Paspalum orbiculare G.Forst., Paspalum polo F.M.Bailey, Paspalum polystachyum R.Br., Paspalum puberulum Roem. & Schult., Paspalum purpurascens Elliott, Paspalum serpens J.Presl ex Trin., Paspalum zollingeri Steud.

adelogaeum => from Japan, 'adelogaeum' means belonging to a secret world as Japan was closed to contact with Europeans from the 17th to the mid-19th century

amazonicum => of Amazonian origin

auriculatum => ear-shaped

deightonii => in honor of Frederick Claude Deighton (1926-1949), British botanist who collected in West Africa

firmum => strong; robust; durable

jardinii => in honor of Désiré Edeleston Stanilus Aimé Jardin (1822-1896), French naval officer and amateur botanist

orbiculare => round or circular

purpurascens => purplish or turning purple

scrobiculatum => a minute depression, from the diminutive of the Latin scrobus (a ditch)

serpens => creeping, serpentine

zollingeri => in honor of Heinrich Zollinger (1818-1859), Swiss botanist working manily in Java


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

External links

Check for Paspalum scrobiculatum at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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