Fimbristylis littoralis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Fimbristylis littoralis
Species Authority: Gaudich.
Common Name/s:
English Lesser Fimbristylis, Grass-Like Fimbristylis
Spanish Barba De Fraile
Taxonomic Notes: This species is often confused with Fimbristylis miliacea in Indian floristic works. Fimbristylis miliacea is mostly common in north India (Cook 1996).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-10-16
Assessor/s: Kumar, B.
Reviewer/s: Bhat, G.K., Rao, M.L.V., Sadasivaiah, B., Karuppasamy, S., Dahanukar, N. & Molur, S.
Contributor/s: Molur, S.
Fimbristylis littoralis is a common and widely distributed species with no known major threats. The species is therefore Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Fimbristylis littoralis is distributed in tropical and warm temperate regions of the world.

In India it is reported from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal (Cook 1996, Verma 2001, Lakshminarasimhan 1996).
Angola (Angola); Bangladesh; Benin; Bhutan; Botswana; Burundi; Cambodia; Cameroon; Central African Republic; China (Yunnan); Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Gabon; Ghana; India (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal); Indonesia; Japan; Kenya; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Mali; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Philippines; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Togo; Uganda; Viet Nam; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This is a very common species throughout its range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an annual or perennial herb growing in wet places, ponds, streams and at the edges of drying pools (Cook 1996) and also in moist fields (Rao and Kumari 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures to be taken for the species.
Citation: Kumar, B. 2011. Fimbristylis littoralis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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