Heteropogon contortus (L.) P.Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 2: 836 1817. (Syn: Andropogon allionii DC.; Andropogon austrocaledonicus Vieill. [Invalid]; Andropogon bellardii Bubani [Illegitimate]; Andropogon besukiensis Steud.; Andropogon contortum L. [Spelling variant]; Andropogon contortus L. …; Andropogon firmus (J.Presl) Kunth; Andropogon glaber (Pers.) Raspail [Illegitimate]; Andropogon hispidissimus Steud.; Andropogon hohenackeri Hochst. ex Steud.; Andropogon messanensis Biv. ex Parl. [Invalid]; Andropogon secundus Griseb. [Illegitimate]; Andropogon secundus Willd. ex Nees; Heteropogon allionii (DC.) Roem. & Schult.; Heteropogon besukiensis (Steud.) Miq.; Heteropogon contortus var. allionii (Roem. & Schult.) Cuénod ..; Heteropogon fertilis B.S.Sun & S.Wang; Heteropogon firmus J.Presl; Heteropogon glaber Pers.; Heteropogon hirsutus P.Beauv. [Spelling variant]; Heteropogon hirtus Pers. [Illegitimate] .; Heteropogon hispidissimus Hochst. ex Steud. [Invalid]; Heteropogon hispidissimus Hochst. ex A. Rich.; Heteropogon hohenackeri Hochst. ex Miq. [Invalid]; Heteropogon messanensis Guss.; Heteropogon roxburghii Arn. ex Nees; Holcus contortus (L.) Stuck.; Holcus contortus var. secundus Hack. ex Stuck.; Sorghum contortum (L.) Kuntze);
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Plz id this grass: pa49 – 24nov2012: Plz id this grass from Matheran region. I have attached some photos. It is around 4 to 5 foot height.

Found something similar :-


Heteropogon sp ??????????


It could be Heteropogon contortus, but let … to comment.


Yes, it is Heteropogon contortus. Many a times, this grass assumes taller growth than usual, even on rocky ground.



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Grass photo for confirmation : 1 image. 3 posts by 3 authors.

Sending a photo of H.contortus for confirmation


yes it is Heteropogon contortus



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Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: SMP22 Pune for ID :  Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Trying to post some images with inadequate data. Hoping to get to near ID so that I can study further.


Heteropogon contortus, I suppose.


Yes, Heteropogon contortus is the main species seen. There is an Apluda mutica also on the bottom left.



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ANOCT84 Poaceae for identification (1) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Nandi Hills
28th October 2014


It is Heteropogon contortus (L.) P.Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult, it is called needle grass or clock grass, when you apply water on the top of the spike, it will rotate clockwise. In this spike lower spikelets are male, upper one are bisexual.


Thank you sir. Very interesting. 🙂



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On 2/11/08 at Bot. Gardens, in Hyderabad, AP; Another Grass for Id 231108JM – indiantreepix | Google Groups



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