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Useful Temperate Plants

Cynosurus cristatus

L.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Cynosurus neglectus Opiz

Cynosurus spiralis Lojac.

Phleum cristatum (L.) Scop.

Common Name:

No Image.

General Information

Cynosurus cristatus is a perennial, clump-forming grass with erect, slender culms usually 20 - 70cm tall, occasionally reaching 90cm[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
375
Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
]. The plant usually forms dense clumps[
1144
Title
Site-Specific Grasses and Herbs - Seed production and use for restoration of mountain environments
Publication
 
Author
Krautzer B.; Peratoner G.; Bozzo F.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5576e/y5576e00.htm#Contents
Publisher
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Rome
Year
2004
ISBN
92-5-105188-7
Description
Information on 25 species of plants used for restoring mountain pastures. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use in basket making. It is useftl for helping prevent erosion and restore soils, especially in montane areas.

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.
,
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Throughout Europe and int southwest Asia (Turkeym the Caucasus and Iran)

Habitat

Meadows and glens[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Grassland, on both acid and basic soils[
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.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Cynosurus cristatus thrives in all temperate climates and is very resistant to cold[
375
Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
]
An easily grown plant, it prefers well-drained, nutrient rich soils, growing best in a loamy-clayey soil with a pH of around 5 - 7[
1144
Title
Site-Specific Grasses and Herbs - Seed production and use for restoration of mountain environments
Publication
 
Author
Krautzer B.; Peratoner G.; Bozzo F.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5576e/y5576e00.htm#Contents
Publisher
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Rome
Year
2004
ISBN
92-5-105188-7
Description
Information on 25 species of plants used for restoring mountain pastures. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]. Heavily waterlogged or very light sandy soils are not suitable[
1144
Title
Site-Specific Grasses and Herbs - Seed production and use for restoration of mountain environments
Publication
 
Author
Krautzer B.; Peratoner G.; Bozzo F.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5576e/y5576e00.htm#Contents
Publisher
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Rome
Year
2004
ISBN
92-5-105188-7
Description
Information on 25 species of plants used for restoring mountain pastures. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]. The roots penetrate to a considerable depth, making the plant very tolerant of drought, but it prefers growing in a more humid climate[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
387
Title
Economic Products of India. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Watt. G.
Publisher
Government of India: Calcutta.
Year
1883
ISBN
 
Description
Although over 100 years old, it still contains a wealth of information on useful plants. Many of the botanical names have been changed since then, so you have to check for up to date names. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
On wet soils the plant produces tall growth, yielding plenty of herbage, especially if cut later in the season, but in dry place it remains low[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is fairly tolerant to shade and therefore can be sown underneath annual crops[
1144
Title
Site-Specific Grasses and Herbs - Seed production and use for restoration of mountain environments
Publication
 
Author
Krautzer B.; Peratoner G.; Bozzo F.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5576e/y5576e00.htm#Contents
Publisher
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Rome
Year
2004
ISBN
92-5-105188-7
Description
Information on 25 species of plants used for restoring mountain pastures. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

It is a good meadow grass that protects the soil against erosion thanks to its growth habit and good resistance to intensive grazing. The plant is suitable for restorations up to the subalpine zone as well as in lower regions[
1144
Title
Site-Specific Grasses and Herbs - Seed production and use for restoration of mountain environments
Publication
 
Author
Krautzer B.; Peratoner G.; Bozzo F.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5576e/y5576e00.htm#Contents
Publisher
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Rome
Year
2004
ISBN
92-5-105188-7
Description
Information on 25 species of plants used for restoring mountain pastures. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]

Other Uses

The culms are sometimes used to make mats and baskets[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in early to late spring.
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