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Taxon: Tripidium ravennae (L.) H. Scholz

Genus: Tripidium
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Nomen number: 481904
Place of publication: B. Valdés & H. Scholz, Willdenowia 36:664. 2006
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 26-Oct-2018 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 16 (10 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

  • Italian sugarcane  (Source: F Iraq) - English
  • plume grass  (Source: F Iraq) - English
  • Ravenna grass  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • sockergräs  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: forage (when young, as Saccharum ravennae)
  • Environmental: ornamental (as Erianthus ravennae) ornamental (as Saccharum ravennae) ornamental (as Saccharum ravennae)

Distributional Range:


    • NORTHERN AFRICA: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

    • ARABIAN PENINSULA: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
    • WESTERN ASIA: Afghanistan, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey
    • CAUCASUS: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
    • MIDDLE ASIA: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
    • CHINA: China [Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu]

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India (n.), Pakistan

    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece (incl. Crete), Italy (incl. Sicily), Romania
    • SOUTHWESTERN EUROPE: France (s. & Corsica), Spain (incl. Baleares)


    Northern America
    • United States


    Northern America
    • NORTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania]
    • NORTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma]
    • NORTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Colorado, Washington]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, District of Columbia]
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [New Mexico, Texas]
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arizona, California, Utah]


  1. Evans, D. L. et al. 2019. Whole chloroplast genome and gene locus phylogenies reveal the taxonomic placement and relationship of Tripidium (Panicoideae: Andropogoneae) to sugarcane. B. M. C. Evol. Biol. 19:33. Pages 1-20.
  2. Valdés, B. & H. Scholz. 2006. The Euro+Med treatment of Gramineae – a generic synopsis and some new names. Willdenowia 36:664. DOI: 10.3372/wi.36.36202
  3. Vincent, M. A. & R. L. Gardner. 2016. Spread of the invasive Ravenna grass (Tripidium ravennae, Poaceae) in Ohio. Phytoneuron 2016-78:1-9.
  4. 2018. Mid-Atlantic invasive plant species (on-line resource)

Check other web resources for Tripidium ravennae (L.) H. Scholz :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=481904. Accessed 12 December 2019.