Himalayan Plumegrass
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Himalayan Plumegrass
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Himalayan Plumegrass
Botanical name: Saccharum longesetosum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Saccharum hookeri, Erianthus hookeri, Erianthus longesetosus

Himalayan Plumegrass is a perennial grass with stems 1-3 m tall, 0.5-1 cm in diameter, many-noded, hairless or hairy below panicle. Leaf sheaths are longer than internodes, mouth bearded; leaf blades linear-elliptic, 30-50 x 1.5-2 cm, hairless, lower surface glaucous, tapering to base and tip, tip tapering; ligule 2.3-2.5 mm. Flower-panicles are elliptic or oblong in outline, nodding, 15-40 cm, golden brown, branched, axis hairless or hairy; racemes 3-10 cm; axis internodes 2.5-4 mm, fringed with hairs with long silky hairs. Spikelets are 4-6 mm; callus hairs slightly shorter to longer than spikelet, white or pale yellow; lower glume lanceshaped to elliptic-oblong, cartilaginous, golden brown, glossy, thinner and paler near tip, back hairless or sparsely to densely hairy below middle, upper margins fringed with hairs, tip bifinely toothed. Himalayan Plumegrass is found on grassy hillsides, at altitudes of 300-2700 m, in the Himalayas to South China and SE Asia. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Karong, Manipur.

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