Fountain Grass
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Fountain Grass
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
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. Stems 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.
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