Eleusine indica

2. Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn. (syn.: Cynosurus indicus L.) (trop. Afr.) – A rather poorly known, ephemeral alien. Much confused with Eleusine coracana subsp. africana but definitely much less frequent nowadays. Formerly introduced in wool waste and at present still sometimes seen as a grain alien. Most of the early records of “Eleusine indica” are indeed this species and not E. coracana subsp. africana.

Typical plants of Eleusine indica s.str. are readily distinguished from E. coracana by their very slender panicle branches. However, more or less intermediate plants probably also occur.

Eleusine indica, inflorescence - Drawing S.Bellanger

Herbarium specimen 1

Herbarium specimen 2


Selected literature:

Nobis M. Kowalczyk T. & Nowak A. (2011) Eleusine indica (Poaceae): a new alien species in the flora of Tajikistan. Polish Bot. Journ. 56(1): 121-123 [available online at: http://www.ib-pan.krakow.pl/pubs-pdf/Polish%20Botanical%20Journal/2011/P....

Ranđelović V., Ranđelović N. & Zlatković B. (1996) Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.: an adventive plant species in the flora of the southeastern Yugoslavia. Bull. Inst. Jard. Bot. Univ. Belgrade 26-27: 71-76.

Wallnöfer B. (2014) Über die Verbreitung von Eleusine indica und E. tristachya (Gramineae) in Österreich. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B 116: 181-190.

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