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Thiruvengadam Ekambaram

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Jun 9, 2010, 3:07:20 AM6/9/10
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This plant picture I took during Nature camp to the Nilgiri Biosphere
Reserve – Bandipur , Gopala Swamy Temple – Reserve.
I was told this plant is Congress men grass. Nearby lot oo wheat grass
was also found (Second Picure)
Date/Time--------------11.5.10 -10.40a.m
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- --------------- Bandipur , Gopala
Swamy Temple – Reseve
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type----------- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- ----shurb
Height/Length- -----------------3/4 meter
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size—------Inflorescence Type/ Size-
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- -------------white Fruits Type/
Shape/ Size Seeds-

With Warm Regards,


E.Thiruvengadam
Mobile 09987886892
Chembur, Mumbai

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Muthu Karthick

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Jun 9, 2010, 4:33:11 AM6/9/10
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Dear sir,
First picture shows Parthenium hysterophorus L. of Asteraceae; a Tropical American weed.



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promila chaturvedi

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Jun 9, 2010, 8:57:59 AM6/9/10
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To me also it looks like   the Congress Grass- the Parthenium (weed which came with wheat consignment from US).
Promila

Gurcharan Singh

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Jun 9, 2010, 9:11:20 AM6/9/10
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It is interesting to find out why it is called Congress grass in India? Its English name is Carrot grass, bitterweed, false ragweed, feverfew, but nowwhere Congress grass is documented. Some one many years back told me that it looks like cap of Congress party and is found everywhere like Congress workers. I don't know whether it is joke or the idea that struck.


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tanay bose

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Jun 9, 2010, 9:19:31 AM6/9/10
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Parthenium hysterophorus no doubt bur Congress grass !! what a name
Tanay
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Balkar Arya

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Jun 9, 2010, 11:58:02 AM6/9/10
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Dear All
Lots of wheat were imported from Us after independence under PL 480 Scheme and seeds of this weed came with this wheat. As this decision was taken by Congress Govt So this unwanted weed was called as Congress Grass.
I am also adding my pics of this Weed

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tanay bose

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Jun 9, 2010, 12:02:21 PM6/9/10
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Dear Balakr ji,
I knew that this weed came from US through wheat import but never knew why it's called Congress grass!! Thanks to you Now I know it
Tanay

Muthu Karthick

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Jun 9, 2010, 12:04:27 PM6/9/10
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Dear all,
The Congress-weed has its origin at Kerala. They call two those wide spread weeds as Congress-weed and Communist-weed; (as those two parties dominating there), each opposite group called the weed names along with their opponents.

For instance, Wedelia trilobata is called as Communist-weed. Also I heard that Chromolena odorata is called as Congress-weed.

tanay bose

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Jun 9, 2010, 12:06:27 PM6/9/10
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Another phyto-political fact of India!! Thanks to Muthu
Tanay

Balkar Arya

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Jun 9, 2010, 12:28:59 PM6/9/10
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Dear Muthu Ji
Thanks for more info

Regards

Pankaj Oudhia

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Jun 9, 2010, 3:15:20 PM6/9/10
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Here is link for Interesting discussion on this aspect in International Parthenium Research News Group discussion list.

http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/IPRNG/message/14

"Dear Dr. Pankaj:
Parthenium is called Congress Weed in India becoz. it is having
a similar structure like the Congress building in Parliament
Annexe, New Delhi.

You can have a reference of the same from CABI document by Harry
Evans

with regards
Dr. Sanjai Saxena"

For more views and discussion please visit the yahoo group.

regards

Pankaj Oudhia

mangala borkar

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Jun 10, 2010, 9:31:20 AM6/10/10
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Hello
When we were studying we were informed that it is called Congress grass because at that time congress was the ruling party and all of them put upon their heads a cap which was called Gandhi topi (Now we hardly see that attire).Parthenium grows gregariously. If you see from the top you will see the bed of white flowers at a stretch which was also seen    at a stretch of Gandhi topis whenever there was a rally or a sabha/ meeting of the congress people which was a common feature at that time.And hence the name Congress grass!

Borkar

--- On Thu, 10/6/10, Pankaj Oudhia <pankaj...@gmail.com> wrote:

cheriyan vj

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Jun 10, 2010, 9:55:41 AM6/10/10
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Dear All,
I partially subscribe to the explanation given by Dr Gurcharan Singh on why Parthenium is called congress grass. Parthenium came in purportedly with the large wheat consignment from the US as part of the PL 480 scheme consequent to the famine of 1967-69 which had devastated the country. The wide and speedy spread of the weed round the country was likened to that of the then congress party and hence the name congress grass.
regards
cheriyan

Dr. Pankaj Kumar

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Jul 11, 2010, 4:40:47 PM7/11/10
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You are on dot Balkar sir!!!! Keep it up!!
Pankaj
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