Leptochloa chinensis

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Red sprangletop
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Leptochloa
L. chinensis
Binomial name
Leptochloa chinensis
(L.) Nees

Leptochloa chinensis, commonly known as red sprangletop,[1] Asian sprangletop,[2] or Chinese sprangletop, is a grass species.

It is native to regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Places it is found include Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, West Africa, Fiji and Samoa.

It is known to be a pasture grass and is a livestock grazing feed grass specialty, but in some cases it is a common rice weed. The 1889 book 'The Useful Native Plants of Australia’ records that it is "an excellent pasture grass, much relished by stock ; it has tender panicles, and grows from two to three feet high. It is not endemic in Australia but is found in New South Wales and Queensland"[3]


  1. ^ "Leptochloa chinensis". Rice Knowledge Bank. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 514. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2016 – via Korea Forest Service.
  3. ^ J. H. Maiden (1889). The useful native plants of Australia : Including Tasmania. Turner and Henderson, Sydney.