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Japanese Stiltgrass

Scientific Name

Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) Camus (ITIS)

Common Name

Japanese stiltgrass, Nepalese browntop, Chinese packing grass, Asian stilt grass, annual jewgrass, bamboograss, Nepal microstegium, eulalia, Mary's grass


Andropogon vimineus Trin., Eulalia viminea (Trin.) Kuntze (ITIS)

Native To

Asia (Fryer 2011)

Date of U.S. Introduction

First discovered in 1919 (Morrison et al. 2007)

Means of Introduction

Probably introduced as packing material in shipments from China (Fryer 2011)


Can grow in a variety of habitats where it forms dense stands and crowds out native species (Fryer 2011)

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Japanese stiltgrass, foliage


Photo by Chuck Bargeron; University of Georgia

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Selected Resources

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