Few-Flowered Sheda Grass
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Few-Flowered Sheda Grass
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Few-Flowered Sheda Grass
Botanical name: Dichanthium oliganthum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Indochloa oligantha

Few-Flowered Sheda Grass is an annual grass with stems (stems) 5-25 cm tall, clustered. Nodes are hairless glabrous. Leaves 2-7 x 0.5-0.8 cm, ovate-lanceshaped, rounded at base, velvet-hairy, frilly-hairy along the margins. Sheath is keeled, ligule 2 mm wide, membranous. Flowers raceme are solitary, terminal, 2-4 cm long. Stalkless spikelets are 4 x 1.5 mm, hairless; lower glume 4 x 1.5 mm, margins incurved, leathery; upper glume similar, 1-nerved; awn 4.0-4.5 cm long. Stalked spikelets are 6-7 mm long, glumes subequal, truncate to obtuse, 13-nerved; florets absent.Few-Flowered Sheda Grass is found in Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Hari Nandanan P.V. Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere reserve

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