EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2017 Num. article: 2017/024

First report of Sporobolus neglectus in Hungary

In 2016, the North American grass species Sporobolus neglectus (Poaceae) was identified from the Duna-Drάva National Park in Hungary.  Previous to this, S. neglectus had been recorded from Austria, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia.  In Europe, S. neglectus is found on sandy or gravel soils in dry and semi-dry grasslands.  It is also found in industrial areas and along roadsides and to a lesser extent, along rivers.  The new record in the Drάva National Park covers approximately 0.2 hectares where it forms a monospecific stand.  The remote location of this population leads the author to suggest that one potential pathway of introduction could be through the activity of hunters.  Transmission via the Drava River is not considered plausible as the population is 2 km from the river bank.  


Király G (2016) An invader at the edge of the world: Sporobolus neglectus (Poaceae) discovered at a remote locality in Hungary. Studia Botanical Hungary 47, 335-344.