Alpine Meadow-Grass
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Alpine Meadow-Grass
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Alpine Meadow-Grass, Alpine bluegrass
Botanical name: Poa alpina    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Alpine Meadow-Grassis a clustered perennial grass with stems 15-30 cm high, erect or rising up, thickened at the base with the fibrous remains of old leaf-sheaths but these not forming a bulbous swelling. Leaf-blades are flat, 4-12 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, abruptly contracted to a hooded tip, scaberulous on the margins; ligule often lacerate, 3-5 mm long. Flower-panicles are ovate to pyramidal, 3-7 cm long, compact or spreading; branches mostly paired, scaberulous. Spikelets are 4-6-flowered, broadly ovate, 4-7 mm long, tinged with purple; glumes unequal, ovate to elliptic, the lower 2.5-4 mm long, 1-3-nerved, the upper 3-4.5 mm long, 3-nerved; lemmas oblong or narrowly elliptic in side-view, 3.5-5 mm long, somewhat pointed, fringed with hairs on the keel and marginal nerves, sparsely hairy on the surface between the nerves, usually with a little wool at the base; palea as long as the lemma, the keels fringed with hairs below, rough above; anthers 1.5-2.5 mm long. Type locality: Alpine Meadow-grass is widespread in the temperate northern hemisphere, including the Himalayas at altitudes of 2700-5500 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed at Kunzam Pass, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

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