Actinoscirpus grossus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Poales Cyperaceae

Scientific Name: Actinoscirpus grossus (L.f.) Goetgh. & D.A.Simpson
Common Name(s):
English Giant Bur Rush
Scirpus grossus L.F.
Taxonomic Notes:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-03-24
Assessor(s): Gupta, A.K.
Reviewer(s): Smith, K. & Nguyen, T.H.T.
This is a widespread species which faces no major threat. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:It is native to southeast Asia and naturalized elsewhere.The species is found from tropical and subtropical Asia, from China (Guangdong, Guangxi) and Japan to Pakistan and Indonesia, to northern Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia); Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sumatera); Japan (Ogasawara-shoto); Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea (main island group)); Philippines; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):100
Upper elevation limit (metres):900
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Population [top]

Population:It is a robust, widespread and important weed, spreading by stolons and capable of dominating rice crops and wetlands.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in swampy and inundated places, pools, ditches, and marshes and is locally abundant, especially in the lowlands. It is considered as a weed of rice crops. It is also a host of Chilo polychrysus, the Dark-headed Rice Borer (Kostermans et al. 1987).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The stems of this plant are used for making thick sleeping mats, and bags. It is one of the coarsest sedges in the countryside. Local people used it as medicine and, in times of famine, as food also.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats to this species are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions for this species have been reported.

Citation: Gupta, A.K. 2011. Actinoscirpus grossus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T169004A6560789. . Downloaded on 17 August 2018.
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