Bare-Stalk Carpetgrass
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Bare-Stalk Carpetgrass
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Bare-Stalk Carpetgrass
Botanical name: Arthraxon nudus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon nudus, Batratherum nudum

Bare-Stalk Carpetgrass is an annual grass with stems 30-45 cm high, geniculate; nodes bearded. Leaves are narrowly ovate, up to 4 x 1.5 cm, heart-shaped at base, margin ciliolulate; sheath sparsely hairy, margin fringed with hairs; ligule membranous. Flower racemes are 3-6, 5-6 cm long, hairless. Stalkless spikelets are 4 mm long; lower glume 4 x 1 mm, 7-9 nerved, hirtus along the nerves; upper glume 4 x 1.5 mm; keel fringed with hairs on the upper half; awn 9 mm long. Stalked spikelets are reduced to a naked flower-stalk. Bare-Stalk Carpetgrass is found in Assam, Bangladesh, China South-Central, India, Malaya, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand, and West Himalaya, up to altitudes of 1200-1300 m. Flowering: October-December .

Identification credit: Shahid Landge Photographed in Matheran, Maharashtra.

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