Angleton Bluestem Grass
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Angleton Bluestem Grass
P Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Angleton Bluestem Grass, Angleton grass, Wilder grass, Awned dichanthium, Bearded golden-beard
Botanical name: Dichanthium aristatum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon aristatus, Andropogon koenigii, Lepeocercis digitata

Angleton Bluestem Grass is a perennial grass with stems geniculate to nearly erect, 20-60 cm tall, nodes hairless or velvet-hairy. Leaf sheaths are usually longer than internodes; leaf blades flat, 1.5-8 x 0.3-0.6 cm, hairless or thinly hairy on both surfaces. Flowers are borne at branch-ends; flower-cluster-stalk softly hairy near the summit; racemes 2-4, somewhat digitate, 2-5 cm, with 1-6 pairs of homogamous spikelets. Stalkless spikelet are 3-5 mm; lower glume obovate, subleathery, 8-10-veined, velvet-hairy on lower back, slightly glossy, margins hairless or shortly fringed with hairs, keels often narrowly winged, tip rounded; upper glume hairless or fringed with hairs along margins and keel; awn 1.2-2 cm. Caryopsis about 1.8 mm. Stalked spikelets are many-veined, resembling stalkless. Angleton Bluestem Grass is native to India to China and Malesia. Flowering: June-November.

Identification credit: Shaikh Tarbej Photographed in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh.

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