Taeniatherum caput-medusae (Medusahead Grass)

Pulang ---> Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Taeniatherum caput-medusae (Medusahead Grass) is an exotic winter annual grass that is currently invading rangelands across the western USA. Its presence significantly reduces biodiversity and alters the ecosystem by degrading wildlife habitats. The species also has very high silica content and its barbed seedheads deter herbivores, which results in grazing capacity being reduced by up to 90% as palatable plants are eliminated from the area. Even other invasive grasses like B.tectorum have lost ground to this more aggressive species.

Articles about Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Various articles I have written about Taeniatherum caput-medusae 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 Taeniatherum caput-medusae (Medusahead 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.

Selected Research Summaries of Taeniatherum caput-medusae

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

Selected Videos of Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Selected videos that focus on the ecology and impacts of Taeniatherum caput-medusae in invaded areas.

Penulis: A. Sunjian