EPPO Global Database

Pennisetum polystachion(PESPO)

Code created in: 2004-04-17

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: PESPO
  • Preferred name: Pennisetum polystachion
  • Authority: (Linnaeus) Schultes


USA (except northern, in centre and east), Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America (throughout). Introduced in Mediterranean region, Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malesia (Malaya, Java , Philippines), China (including Taiwan), South Africa, Madagascar, New Guinea, New Zealand

WSSA list of weeds in North America 

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Cenchrus setosus Swartz
Pennisetum polystachion subsp. polystachion (Linnaeus) Schultes
Pennisetum subangustum (Schumacher) Stapf & C.E.Hubbard
Setaria parviflora (Poiret) Kerguélen

Common names
Name Language
mission grass English
thin napiergrass English
yōu gou wěi cao Chinese
幽狗尾草 Chinese