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Itch grass (458) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Itch grass

Scientific Name

Rottboellia cochinchinensis; it was known previously as Rottboellia exaltata. It is a member of the Poaceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson, Aradhana Deesh & Mani Mua
Information from CABI (2019) Rottboellis cochinchinensis (itch grass). Invasive Species Compendium. ( and Itchgrass Rottboellia cochinchinensis (2014) Texas Invasive Species Institute.(; and from Global Invasive Species Database (2020) Species profile: Rottboellia cochinchinensis. ( Photo 9 Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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