Arched Bermuda Grass
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Arched Bermuda Grass
P Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Arched Bermuda Grass
Botanical name: Cynodon radiatus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Cynodon arcuatus, Cynodon intermedius, Digitaria radiata

Arched Bermuda Grass is a perennial grass, forming runners, widely creeping. Stems are slender, 20-50 cm tall. Leaf sheaths are hairless or hairy at mouth; leaf blades broadly linear, 2.5-10 cm long, 3-6 mm wide, glaucous, hairless, tip pointed. Flower-racemes are digitate, usually 4-8, 5-10 cm, flexuous, slightly drooping; spikelets overlapping by 1/3-1/2 their length. Spikelets are 1.8-2.5 mm; rachilla extension about 1 mm, without reduced floret at tip; glumes lanceshaped, about half as long as floret, 1-veined, keel scabrous, thickened; lower glume about 1 mm; upper glume 1-1.4 mm; lemma as long as spikelet, hairy along keel and lateral veins; keels smooth or rarely rough. Arched Bermuda Grass is native to Madagascar, Tropical & Subtropical Asia, including the Himalayas. Flowering: July-November.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh & Delhi.

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