Deccan Millet
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Deccan Millet
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Deccan Millet
Botanical name: Isachne kunthiana    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Isachne elatior, Isachne repens

Deccan Millet is a grass named for Carl Sigismund Kunth, 19th century German botanist. It is a perennial grass with stems 20-40 cm high; nodes thickened, bearded. Leaves are 2-5 x 0.5-2 cm, ovate, pointed, densely covered with bulbous based hairs; margins leathery; sheath hairless or hairy; ligule a cluster of hairs. Flowers are borne in panicle 5-8 cm long; branches smooth. Spikelets 2.5 cm long, ovate, pointed; glumes similar, 2.5 mm long, ovate, pointed, 7-nerved; lemmas similar, 1.5 x 1 mm, ovate, blunt, concave; palea 1.5 x 1 mm, oblong; stamens 3; anthers 1 mm long. Deccan Millet is found in South India, Sri Lanka and SE Asia. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Hari Nandanan P.V. Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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