Microstegium vimineum (Stilt grass)

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Microstegium vimineum (Stiltgrass) is a shade-tolerant C4 grass that was accidentally introduced into the USA in packing material from East Asia in the early 1900s. It has now spread throughout the entire Eastern part of the USA, and it is extremely competitive against other grasses, especially in low light conditions (Leicht et al, 2005). It also hinders tree seedling growth (Marshall et al, 2009), and is even dominant over other invasive plants (Morrison et al, 2007).

M.vimineum seems to spread fairly slowly when left untouched, which indicates that its recent fast spread may have been due to accidental human transport (Rauschert et al, 2010).

Articles about Microstegium vimineum

Various articles I have written about Microstegium vimineum in the blog Sejarah Poaceae. The site features stories of my adventures among the grasses. It's also a place where I focus on studies of the Poaceae in general, as well as an outlet for some of the photography I do.

How to identify Microstegium vimineum (Stilt Grass)

Some ways to identify the species. Unlike many other plants, grasses have minute flowers, and their vegetative structures all tend to be...well, grass-like. There are however ways of trying to identify a particular species that might be useful for everyone.

How to control Microstegium vimineum (Stilt Grass)

Information on how to control Microstegium vimineum using cultural, mechanical, and chemical methods.

Selected Research Summaries of Microstegium vimineum

Some abstracts and summaries of research papers that I believe are important towards understanding this species.

Selected Videos of Microstegium vimineum

Selected videos that focus on the ecology and impacts of Microstegium vimineum in invaded areas.

News about Microstegium vimineum

Interesting news articles about the species in the mainstream press.

Literature Cited

Leicht, Stacey A.; Silander, John A., Jr.; Greenwood, Kate. 2005. Assessing the competitive ability of Japanese stilt grass, Microstegium vimineum. (Trin.) A. Camus. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 132(4): 573-580.

Marshall JM, Buckley DS, Franklin JA (2009) Competitive interaction between Microstegium vimineum and first-year seedlings of three central hardwoods. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 136: 342–349.

Morrison, J.A., Lubchansky, H.A., Mauck, K.E., McCartney, K., and B. Dunn. 2007. Ecological comparison of two co-invasive species in eastern deciduous forests: Alliaria petiolata and Microstegium vimineum. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 134(1):1-17.

Rauschert ESJ; Mortensen DA; Bjørnstad ON; Nord AN; Peskin N, 2010. Slow spread of the aggressive invader, Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass). Biological Invasions, 12(3):563-579.

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