What does Cogon look like?

Cogongrass has a whitish upper midrib on a mature leaf that is often not centered on the blade. Cogongrass produces fluffy, white, plume- like seed heads. Rhizomes are white, segmented, and branched.

What is Cogon grass good for?

Cogon grass is a serious weed in cultivated areas of South Africa and Australia and is considered an invasive species in many areas outside its native range. Some cultivars are grown as ornamentals, and the plant is commonly used for erosion control.

Why is Cogon grass a problem?

Cogongrass not only replaces native plants, on which wildlife feed, it also has very high silica content, and therefore is unpalatable to native wildlife. The leaves are very stiff and can cut the mouths and damage the teeth of wildlife that attempt to ingest it.

What eats Cogon grass?

Researchers have found a midge from Indonesia that attacks cogongrass. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says.

What Cogon means?

Definition of cogon : any of several tall grasses (genus Imperata, especially I. cylindrica) of southeastern Asia used especially for thatching, fodder, and erosion control.

Where does cogongrass come from?

Native to Southeast Asia, cogongrass was accidentally introduced into the United States as packing material in an orange crate that arrived in Grand Bay, Alabama, in 1912. A few years later, it was intentionally planted as a potential forage crop in Mississippi and as a soil stabilizer in Florida.

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Will cattle eat cogongrass?

“Cattle will eat cogongrass when the plant is young,” says Rick Williams, Extension Forestry Specialist, West Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida. “But as it matures, the plant has silica on the edges and will cut cows’ mouths. They won’t feed on it unless there’s nothing else.”

What is Cogon grass Philippines?

COGON grass (Imperata cylindrica), “talahib” in Tagalog and “palat” in Kapampangan is a ubiquitous part of Philippine landscape. This grass with hard stalks and saw-toothed leaves rapidly invades any piece of land. It is a stubborn grass and very difficult to get rid of. Cogon grass is an invasive species.

What is cogon land?

Cogon is a pesky grass that has been a big problem for land owners whose property has been idle for years for one reason or another. Cogonal lands are unproductive. Some use cogon for pasturing their animals but the grass is not nutritious and palatable.