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Chrysopogon aciculatus


Andropogon aciculatus, Andropogon javanica, Chrysopogon sublatus, Raphis trivalis [1]

Vernacular Names:


Kemuchut, Temuchut

English Love Grass (Malaysia); Mackie’s Pest, Grass Seed (Australia)

Kalikanji, Jukut domdoman, Rumput Jarum


Mansareko (Bisaya); Amor-seko (Cebuano); Amor-seko, Marisekos, Mariskos, Tinloi (Tagalog); Pagippi (Iban); Lakut lapas (Suluk); Dalekedek, Dalukduk (Bontok)


Yaa Jao Chu




Maung-yin-ngo-myet, Nauk-po-myet


Zhu Jie Cao


Chorkanta, Chui-kanta




Chirchiri, Nakasurka (Danuwar); Chhindari (Gurung); Chhimra (Mooshar); Ghore dubo (Nepali); Sarauth (Tharu)




Kase, Seed grass [1][2][3][6]

General Information


Chrysopogon aciculatus is a member of the Poaceae family. It is a vigorous creeping grass with stout, tough rhizomes, the culms ascenting to 45cm and forming a dense green mats. The leaf blades measure 3-12cm long x 5mm wide, hairless except at junction of blade and sheath, margins having small teeth, sometimes slightly crinkled; sheaths bearing reddish stripes; ligule very short, membranous, shortly ciliate. The inflorescence is a small panicle, measures 7-10cm long, with numerous slender branches. The spikelets are narrow. The awn bristly, short and fine. The branches at first ascend almost vertically, spread obliquely at flowering and then bend upward again at fruiting. Each branch has three spikelets at its tip, one sessile and two pedicelled. [1][2]

Plant Part Used

Rhizome and roots [4][5]

Chemical Constituents

No documentation

Traditional Used:

Gastrointestinal Diseases

Decoction of the roots of C. aciculatus is a remedy for diarrhea in the Philippines. [5] In India the fresh rhizome pounded with 3-5 black pepper is made into paste and taken early in the morning on an empty stomach for stomachache and gastric disorder. [4]

Other uses

Paste of the roots is applied to boils. [3] In the Philippines decoction of the entire plant is considered as diuretic. [5] In Ternate, Indonesia the decoction is used as an antidote to poisons. Ashes of the roots are taken for rheumatism by the Malays of Perak. [6]

Pre-Clinical Data


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Clinical Data

Clinical Trials

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Adverse Effects in Human:

No documentation

Used in Certain Conditions

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding

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Age Limitations

Neonates / Adolescents

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Chronic Disease Conditions

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Interactions with drugs

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Interactions with Other Herbs / Herbal Constituents

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Case Reports

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  1) Botanical Info


  1. Marita Ignacio Galinato, Keith Moody, Colin M. Piggin, Upland Rice Weeds of South and South-east Asia International Rice Research Institute Manila 1999 pg. 66
  2. FAO: Chrysopogon aciculatus ( Accessed 02nd November 2010
  3. N.P. Manandhar, Sanjay Manandhar Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press Inc. Portland 2002 pg 151
  4. S. Mitra, Sobhan Kr Mukherjee Ethnobotanical usages of grasses by the tribals of West Dinajpur district, West Bengal Indian Journal of Traditional Knoewledge 2005 Volume 4(4):396 – 402 ( Accessed on 2nd November 2010
  5. Philippine Medicinal Plants – Amor-seco/ Andorpogon aciculatus/ LOVE GRASS: Philippine Alternative Medicine / Medicinal Herbs / StuardXchange ( Accessed 04th November 2010
  6. Amor-seco ( Accessed 04th November 2010

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