Plant ID forum: Brazilian Atlantic Forest grass-looking-like plant

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Feb 18, 2016 2:10 AM CST
It called my attention because of the bright green and striped leaves, it seemed to creep..
I had put it with the grasses folder and searched in the Olyra genus because of the likeness.
https://www.google.be/search?q=olyra&espv=2&biw=616&bih=376&...

but I don't think so now .. it has something ginger-looking too, the way the leaves are attached to the plant stem, I couldn't find anything though in the zingiberaceae..

maybe in the Commelinaceae..
Unfortunately no flowers..



Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Feb 18, 2016 6:41 AM CST
Maybe it's a dwarf bamboo?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Pleioblastus&source=lnms&t...

Maybe not, the leaves clasp the stem which could indicate a ginger, or another unknown plant.

Could be in Commelinaceae ..

https://sites.google.com/site/florasbs/commelinaceae/trapoer...
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Feb 18, 2016 7:22 AM CST
Dichorisandra angustifolia looks similar but I can't get Flora do Brasil to check. It looks to have raised rings on the stem where the leaves attach.

http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/plantguides/view.asp?chkbox=24246

https://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/16655441540

Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Feb 18, 2016 7:37 AM CST
I don't know Janet if Gingers can make side shoots on the main plant stem?
(The flora do Brasil also doesn't work for me..)
A crop..
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Feb 18, 2016 8:10 AM CST
Wavyleaf Basket grass?
Porkpal
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Feb 18, 2016 8:28 AM CST
porkpal said:Wavyleaf Basket grass?


Hurray! That looks like it!

http://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/invasive-plant-informat...

Oplismenus hirtellus ssp. undulatifolius

http://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/upload/Wavyleaf_basketg...

It's not a native of Brazil ..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oplismenus_undulatifolius
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 18, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Kew only lists, apart from other locations, "South America: Caribbean" but it certainly looks like it.

http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db/www/imp06759.htm
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Feb 18, 2016 8:55 AM CST
I feel sure it is Oplismenus hirtellus ssp.undulatifolium ! Hurray!
A grass after all then!
I have only met it once, I hope it is not going invasive in the Atlantic Forest! Blinking
As the winters are so mild over there, if would even not lose it foliage, spreading much quicker than in areas with cold winters!
Thanks Porkpal for finding it and Janet for your much appreciated in-depth assistance as always! Smiling
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Feb 18, 2016 9:25 AM CST
In my case the assistance is more a matter of luck than botanical research.
Porkpal

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