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Imperata cylindrica

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 74211

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Imperata cylindrica is cold hardy
USDA Zone:9 20° to 30°F   (-6.5° to -1°C)
Type of plant - perennial
Flower or inflorescence: silky WHITE panicles, beaut.
Fruit: (seasonally damp areas)
Foliage: lvs. broader towards mid-length, REDDISH in winter...sow in spring
Height, in meters: 1
Height, in feet: 3.30
Imperata cylindrica seeds may be subject to seasonal availability

Synonyms (alternative names) for Imperata cylindrica:
Imperata arundinacea, 

Common names for Imperata cylindrica:

(folk:restorative tonic for tiredness,weakness),  Alang-alang Grass,  Bai mao gen,  Blady Grass,  Blutgras,  Chigaya,  Cogon Grass,  Cotton Wool Grass,  Fushige Chigaya,  Kunai Grass,  Woolly Grass, 


Imperata cylindrica is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

6:   Bulbous and Rhizomatous Plant Seed List
34:   Oriental Herb and Vegetable Seed List
Not all Oriental Herbs are Culinary, or even edible. Be sure to correctly identify and prepare all herbs and vegetables before use.
36:   Herb Seed List Culinary Medicinal Dye and Aromatic
Not all medicinal, dye or aromatic plants are edible, some are toxic if eaten and others are dangerous if applied to the skin. Please check uses for plants.
50:   Japanese Native and Introduced Plants
145:   Grasses Seed List
Mainly low growing herbage with blade like leaves, for all Gramineae see list 713
161:   Edible Flowers
Some flowers are poisonous if not cooked. Some are only edible while in bud. Identify and correctly prepare all flowers before eating. Do not eat flowers that have been sprayed with weedkiller or other chemicals.
173:   Land Reclamation Plant Shrub and Tree List
185:   Plant Species whose germination is improved by Smoke
"Smoke" contains a butenolide compound produced by certain plants when heated, it speeds up or starts the germination of seeds from many different genera.
408:  Gramineae
568:  Poaceae
713:  Gramineae
720:   Fire Resistant Plants
Different classes of resistance: some grow back, some don't burn, a few have highly inflammable leaves that leave the rest of the plant intact, some trees don't have lower branches.
952:   Wholesale Selection


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Germination guide for Imperata cylindrica

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Imperata cylindrica seeds will usually germinate in 10-90 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic.
Normally will only germinate with light so surface sow. Sow Imperata cylindrica seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 30°C.

germination is promoted by a pH of less than 5.0


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