Thuarea involuta (Poaceae)

Thaurea involuta

It is no exaggeration to say that this grass is a coastal grass par excellence. Kuroiwa Grass is widely distributed along sandy shores from India to Australia and can be readily identified by the seashore habitat, creeping stems which root at the nodes and stiffish leaves covered in small hairs. The flowering or fruit spikes are quite short and borne terminally on each stem arising from a node.

Thaurea involuta

In the Marshall Islands, this grass is included in a medicinal remedy for childrens’ coughs (see link)


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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