Clasping-Leaf Carpetgrass
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Clasping-Leaf Carpetgrass
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Clasping-Leaf Carpetgrass
Botanical name: Arthraxon lanceolatus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon lanceolatus, Batratherum lanceolatum, Arthraxon deccanensis

Clasping-Leaf Carpetgrass is an annual grass with prostrate stems up to 20-60 cm long, nodes hairless or hairy. Leaves are 1.5-5 x 0.2-1.2 cm, ovate-lanceshaped, stem-clasping at base, strongly fringed with hairs along margins; sheath rounded, fringed with hairs along one margin, ligule a fringed membrane. Flowers racemes are borne few together, 3-6 cm long. Stalkless spikelets 5-6 mm long, callus hairy; lower glume 5-6 x 1 mm, lanceshaped, pointed, 5-7 nerved, 2-keeled, spinulose, margins infolded; upper glume to 5 x 1.5 mm, boat shaped; first lemma hyaline; upper lemma awned; awn geniculate; stigmas 2 mm long. Stalked spikelets developed with one barren and one male florets. Clasping-Leaf Carpetgrass is native to Eritrea to S. Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan to China and Lesser Sunda Islands, including the Himalayas, at altitudes of 1000-2300 m.

Identification credit: Shahid Landge Photographed in Matheran, Maharashtra.

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