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Wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus undulatifolius)

Wavyleaf basketgrass Synonyms: Oplismenus undulatifolius, Oplismenus hirtellus ssp. undulatifolius

Common Names: Basketgrass, wavy grass

Description: Introduction method unknown but are sold by plant nurseries for hanging baskets.

Habit: Shade tolerant, low-growing, stoloniferous perennial grass, growing up to 20-30 cm tall.

Leaves: Ovate, elongated, sharply pointed, dark green, 0.5 inches wide, 1.5 to 4 inches long, with rippling waves across the leaf blades.

Stems: Covered in scattered hairs. 1-3 mm in diameter, creeping beneath leaf littler, rooting and branching from nodes.

Flowers: Blooms from mid-September to November.

Fruit and seeds: Forms spikelets with long sticky awns, which adhere to passing animals greatly enhancing seed dispersal.

Habitat: Native to Europe and Asia. Found in full canopy hardwood forests, forest margins, and shady riparian zones.

Reproduction: Vegetatively through stolons and by seed. Stands of this species can produce upwards of 1,000 seeds per square meter per year.

Similar species: Similar in appearance to Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum).

Monitoring and rapid response: Easily hand pulled at the roots and nodes and thought to be more effective than herbicide. May be effectively treated with a 1-2% solution of glyphosate.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. National Early Detection and Rapids Response System for Invasive Plants.

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Common Name:

Wavyleaf basketgrass

Scientific Name:

Oplismenus undulatifolius







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