Kashmir Bluegrass
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Kashmir Bluegrass
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Kashmir Bluegrass
Botanical name: Poa koelzii    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Kashmir Bluegrass is densely clumped perennial grass with stems 4-10 cm high, erect, green or glaucous, clothed at the base with the scarious remains of old leaf-sheaths. Leaf-blades are folded, 0.8-2cm long, 1-1.5mm wide, stiff, abruptly tapered to a stout tip, scabrid on the margins and both surfaces. Ligule is rounded, 1-3mm long. Flower panicle is contracted, 0.5-2.5cm long; branches mostly in pairs, very short, erect, scabrid. Spikelets are 2-5-flowered, elliptic-lanceolate, 4-6mm long, variegated with green and purple. Glumes are unequal, elliptic-lanceolate, 3-nerved, the lower 2.3-3mm long, the upper broader, 2.7-3.2mm long; lemmas elliptic-oblong in side-view, 3-3.5mm long, obtuse. Kashmir Bluegrass is found in Kashmir to Tibet, at altitudes of 5000-5700m. Flowering: July.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandaran Photographed in Paddar Valley, Kashmir.

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