Lanceleaf Carpetgrass
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Lanceleaf Carpetgrass
A Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Lanceleaf Carpetgrass
Botanical name: Arthraxon lancifolius    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon lancifolius, Pleuroplitis lancifolius

Lanceleaf Carpetgrass is an annual grass with stems slender, 5-30 cm long, usually trailing. Leaf-blades are lanceshaped to narrowly ovate, 1-4 cm long, 3-10 mm wide, delicate, flaccid. Flowers are borne in a cluster of 2-9 racemes, each 1-2 cm long; internodes long-fringed with hairs, the hairs attaining 1-2 mm towards the summit. Stalkless spikelet linear, 2-3 mm long; lower glume membranous, strongly convex on the back, scaberulous; upper glume produced into a fine bristle 0.5-1.5 mm long; awn 6-10 mm long; anthers 2, 0.3-0.6 mm long. Stalked spikelet is lanceshaped, 1 -2 mm long, rarely quite suppressed. Lanceleaf Carpetgrass is found in Tropical Africa and Asia. It is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 900-1800 m. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Mizoram.

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