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Useful Temperate Plants

Alopecurus aequalis

Sobol.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Alopecurus amurensis Kom.

Alopecurus aristulatus Michx.

Alopecurus aristulatus merriamii (Beal) H.St.John

Alopecurus aristulatus natans (Wahlenb.) Simmons

Alopecurus brachytrichus Ohwi

Alopecurus caesius Schur

Alopecurus caespitosus Trin.

Alopecurus diandrus Griff.

Alopecurus fulvus Sm.

Alopecurus geniculatus aequalis (Sobol.) Paunero

Alopecurus geniculatus amurensis (Kom.) Roshev.

Alopecurus geniculatus aristulatus (Michx.) Torr.

Alopecurus geniculatus fulvus (Sm.) Hartm.

Alopecurus geniculatus fulvus (Sm.) Scribn.

Alopecurus geniculatus natans Wahlenb.

Alopecurus geniculatus nigricans Beckh.

Alopecurus geniculatus robustior Hack. ex Kneuck.

Alopecurus geniculatus robustus Vasey

Alopecurus howellii merrimanii Beal

Alopecurus konradii Opiz ex Mert. & W.D.J.Koch

Alopecurus paludosus P.Beauv. ex Mert. & W.D.J.Koch

Alopecurus palustris fulvus (Sm.) Syme

Alopecurus subaristatus Pers.

Tozzettia fulva (Sm.) Lunell

Common Name: Shortawn Foxtail

Alopecurus aequalis
Drawing of the flowering plant
Photograph by: Kops et al., J., Flora Batava, vol. 23: t. 1818 (1911)
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General Information

Alopecurus aequalis is an annual to short-lived perennial grass. The decumbent culms are 10 - 60cm long, sometimes rooting at their lower nodes[
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and food.
This species is a weed of cultivated cereals and can harbour pests common to cultivated crops.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.

Range

Widespread in the Temperate zone through Europe, northern Africa, Asia and N. America.

Habitat

Wet meadows and the edges of ponds and ditches[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
]. Shallow water and wet places[
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Edible Uses

Seed - cooked. It can be used whole like millet, but is more usually ground into a flour and used with other cereals in making bread etc. The seed is small and fiddly, it is very much a famine food[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
,
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

The whole plant is antiphlogistic, depurative and diuretic[
147
Title
A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Running Press; Philadelphica.
Year
1977
ISBN
0-914294-92-X
Description
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
]. It is used in the treatment of oedema, chickenpox and snakebites[
147
Title
A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Running Press; Philadelphica.
Year
1977
ISBN
0-914294-92-X
Description
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ in mid spring and only just covering it.
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