Family • Cyperaceae - Fimbristylis miliacea (Linn.) Vahl. - GRASS-LIKE FIMBRY

Scientifric names

Fimbristylis miliacea (Linn.) Vahl.
Fimbristylis litoralis Grandich
Scirpus miliaceus L.
Scirpus niloticus
Trichelostylis miliacea (L.) Nees
Isolepsis miliacea (L.) J. Presl.
Shui shi cao (Chin.)

Other vernacular names

HINDI: Ghueen, dilli
JAPANESE: Hiderike.
PALAUAN: Kerngimes kederang.
POHNPEIAN: Lingkerekenwel.
SPANISH: Barba de fraile.
URDU: Chhoti bhoin

Common names

Agor (Tag.)
Gumi (Pang.)
Sirau-sirau (Ilk.)
Sirisi-buyas (Bik.)
Taulat (Tag.)
Ubod-ubod (Tag.)
Globe fringerush (Engl.)
Grass-like fimbry (Engl.)
Grasslike fimbristylis (Engl.)
Hoorahgrass (Engl.)


Agor is a tufted, slender, glabrous, rather flaccid annual sedge, 40 to 60 centimeters in height. Leaves are basal, distichous, up to 40 centimeters long. Umbels are decompound, rather lax and diffuse, 6 to 10 centimeters long. The spikelets are small, globose, 2 to 2.5 millimeters long, pale or brown, mostly slenderly pedicelled, some sessile. Nuts are obovoid, straw-colored or ivory, 0.3 to 0.5 millimeter long.

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Fimbristylis miliacea (L.) Vahl – CYPERACEAE / Monocotyledon /

(2) Fimbristylis littoralis Gaudich. / Common names / PIER

– Ubiquitous paddy weed throughout the Philippines in open, wet places.
– Pantropic.

– Agor is one of the most harmful weeds in rice fields. It is very competitive with rice, becoming widespread in new areas of rice production. Roots spread vigorously, growing between rice roots and seriously competing with nutrients.

Parts used

– Malays use leaves for poulticing in fever.
– Tribe in central India use the roots for dysentery.

– Fodder: Eaten by cattle, seeds pass through the digestive tract mostly undigested, germinating near droppings.