Botanical name: Desmostachya bipinnata Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Uniola bipinnata, Poa cynosuriodes, Eragrostis cynosuroides
Daabh is a harsh rihozomous perennial grass. Stems are stout, up to 1.2 m high. Leaf-blades are up to 65 cm long, 3.8-10.5 mm wide when unrolled. Lower leaf-sheaths are leathery, often densely flabellate towards the base of the stem. Inflorescence is up to 60 cm long. Spikes are clustered or spaced, 14 cm long. Spikelets are 3-17-flowered, narrowly ovate to linear- oblong, 3-10 mm long. Lower glume 0.7-1.5 mm long, upper glume 1.1-2.0 mm long. Lemmas are straw-coloured or suffused with purple, 1.8-2.7 mm long. Daabh is widely found from Sahara to Tanzania, Indian subcontinent and Indo-China. It is also found in the Himalayas. Flowering: July-November.
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