Bundled Browntop Grass
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Bundled Browntop Grass
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Bundled Browntop Grass
Botanical name: Microstegium fasciculatum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon fasciculatus, Pollinia ciliata, Microstegium ciliatum

Bundled Browntop Grass is a perennial grass with stems rambling, rooting at base, branching, up to 4 m long, internodes sometimes velvet-hairy, nodes hairy. Leaf sheaths are velvet-hairy, one margin fringed with hairs. Leaf blades are narrowly elliptic, 10-18 x 0.8-2 cm, hairy, more densely on lower surface, ligule 1-2 mm. Racemes are 3-12, purplish, flexuous, bundled, 7-12 cm; axis internodes linear, slightly inflated upward, shorter than spikelet. Stalkless spikelet 2.8-4 mm. Bundled Browntop Grass is found in west-central tropical and east tropical Africa, China, India, Indo-China, and Malesia, at altitudes of 1300-1500 m. Flowering: August-January.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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