Desert Black-Millet
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Desert Black-Millet
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Desert Black-Millet
Botanical name: Melanocenchris jacquemontii    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Gracilea royleana

Desert Black-Millet is a small clustered grass common in stony and barren places. Stems are fasciculate, rarely solitary, rising up, 6-25 cm high. Leaf-blades are 1.5-6 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, scaberulous above and on the margins, sheaths with scattered tubercle-based hairs. Heads are 5-10 on a rhachis 24 cm long. Glumes, including the awns, are up to 8 mm long, rarely longer, usually with white or occasion-ally purple hairs, the lower a little longer than the upper; lowest lemma 3-lobed, the lobes aristate, the central longer and narrower at the base than the laterals, 4-4.5 mm long. Desert Black-Millet is found in Sind (Pakistan) Central and southern India. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Ankush Dave Photographed in Dholpur, Rajasthan.

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