Common name: Fountain Grass
Botanical name: Pennisetum hohenackeri Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Pennisetum alopecuros, Gymnotrix cenchroides
Fountain Grass is a perennial herb, forming large bunches with thick tough
roots. Culms are 3-5 ft tall, erect. Leaf-blades are narrowly linear,
15-40 cm long, 1-5 mm wide, rigid, tightly folded, ribbed on the outside.
Sheaths are markedly keeled and imbricate. Flower panicles are linear,
10-25 cm long. Involucre encloses 1 stalkless spikelet, the base has a
short oblong stipe 0.3-0.5 mm long. Bristles are hairless, the longest
0.6-3 cm long. Spikelets are narrowly lanceshaped, 6.5-11 mm long. Lower
glume is up to a quarter the length of the spikelet, acute, rotund or
truncate. Upper glume one-third to half as long as the spikelet, acute to
emarginate. Fountain Grass is found in India, Pakistan and parts of Africa.
Identification credit: J. M. Garg
|Photographed in Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.|