Nepalese Brown-Top - Microstegium vimineum
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Status: Considered an invasive in 6 states
Nepalese browntop is a delicate, sprawling, annual grass that is ½ to 3 feet in height. It is recognized by the alternate leaves, which are short, flat, and lance-shaped and are pale green with off-center veins. Most commonly an invader of forested floodplains, Nepalese browntop is also found in ditches, forest edges, fields, and trails. It is very shade tolerant and can displace vegetation native to floodplains. Nepalese browntop is native to Asia and was accidentally introduced into America sometime around 1920. It has previously been used as packing material for porcelain, possibly explaining its accidental introduction.
Nepalese browntop is classified as an invasive species in 6 states and 2 Forest Service Regions. Missouri ranks Nepalese browntop in Category B: a plant species that either a) has occasional impact with low impact on native plant communities; or b) disrupts native plant communities in other states, in habitats similar to those found in Missouri
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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers