Imperata cylindrica

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Imperata cylindrica
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Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron,'
in a Boston, Massachusetts gairden
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Imperata
Species: I. cylindrica
Binomial name
Imperata cylindrica
(L.) P. Beauv.
Synonyms

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Imperata cylindrica, commonly kent as blady grass, cogon grass /kˈɡn/, kunai grass /ˈkn/, or Japanese bloodgrass, is a species o grass in the genus Imperata. It is placed in the subfaimily Panicoideae, supertribe Andropogonodae, tribe Andropogoneae.

It is a perennial rhizomatous grass native tae east an sootheast Asie, Indie, Micronesie, Melanesie, Australie, an eastren an soothren Africae. It grows frae 0.6–3 m (2–10 feet) taw. The leaves are aboot 2 cm wide near the base o the plant an narrow tae a sharp pynt at the tap; the margins are finely tuithed an are embedded wi sharp silica crystals. The main vein is a lichter colour than the rest o the leaf an tends tae be nearer tae ane side o the leaf. The upper surface is hairy near the base o the plant while the unnerside is uisually hairless. Ruits are up tae 1.2 meters deep, but 0.4 m is typical in sandy soil.