Hairy Rockgrass
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Hairy Rockgrass
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Hairy Rockgrass
Botanical name: Oropetium villosulum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Hairy Rockgrass is an annual grass growing in dense tufts. Stems are erect; 1-5 cm long. It is closely related to St Thomas Mount Rockgrass. Stem-nodes hairless. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades are involute; 1-3 cm long; 0.5 mm wide; stiff. Leaf surface velvet-hairy; hairy on both sides. Leaf-blade tip pointed. Inflorescence is composed of racemes; deciduous as a whole; embraced at base by subtending leaf. Racemes 1; single; smoothly round; bilateral; 1.5 cm long. Rachis is tough; nearly cylindrical. Spikelet packing upper; regular; 2 -rowed. Spikelets are sunken; solitary. Fertile spikelets are stalkless. Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 2 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus velvet-hairy. Hairy Rockgrass is endemic to India.

Identification credit: Shahid Landge Photographed in Gharapuri, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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