Dwarf Reedgrass
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Dwarf Reedgrass
ative Photo: Shashidharswamy Hiremath
Common name: Dwarf Reedgrass • Kannada: ಗುಬ್ಬಿ ಪುಚ್ಚದ ಹುಲ್ಲು Gubbi Pucchad Hullu, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ಹುಲ್ಲು Gidda Hullu • Telugu: గరిక Garika
Botanical name: Arundinella pumila    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Arundinella tenella

Dwarf Reedgrass is a very common annual hairless grass 0.5-1.5 ft tall. It is commonly seen on roadsides and wasteland. Leaves are flaccid, lanceshaped. They can be 2-4 inches long or up to 14 inches long. Flowers are borne in wide open panicles, 2-10 inches, which are copiously branched. Spikelets are 1-2 mm long, solitary, long-stalked. Awn is twice as long as the spikelet. Native range of Dwarf Reedgrass is W. Tropical Africa to Ethiopia, S. Arabian Peninsula, Tropical Asia. Flowering: August-September

Identification credit: Shashidharswamy Hiremath Photographed in Haveri-Dist, Karnataka.

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