Beach Grass
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Beach Grass
P Native Photo: Chintan Bhatt
Common name: Beach Grass, Saltgrass
Botanical name: Halopyrum mucronatum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Eragrostis mucronata, Briza mucronata, Poa triticoides, Uniola mucronata

Beach Grass is a tough runner-bearing perennial grass, with the runners rooting to form dense tussocks; roots thick and woolly; stems up to 1 m or more high, rigid, woody, branching, producing fascicles of shoots at the nodes. Leaf-blades are up to 45 cm long, involute or opening out and up to 4 mm wide, stiff, mostly glaucous. Inflorescence is linear to narrowly lanceshaped, 10-40 cm long, the branches loosely 3-7-spiculate. Spikelets are 8-25-flowered, lanceshaped to ovate or oblong, 12-26 mm long, 5-7 mm wide, straw-coloured or tinged with purple; glumes narrowly ovate, 6-9 mm long, leathery, pointed; lemmas lanceshaped to oblong-lanceshaped, 7-9 mm long, asperulous or very minutely hairy; callus and rhachilla-tip bearded with white hairs 4-5 mm long. Beach Grass is found in coastal areas from Egypt to Mozambique, Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula to Indian Subcontinent. Flowering: March-September.

Identification credit: Chintan Bhatt Photographed in Gujarat.

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