Law's Fimbry
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Law's Fimbry
ative lanceshaped Photo: Rajesh Sachdev
Common name: Law's Fimbry
Botanical name: Fimbristylis lawiana    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Trichelostylis digitata, Trichelostylis lawiana

Law's Fimbry is a simple and dainty sedge which grows along the Sahyadri. It is a small, erect perennial with bulbous rhizomes and fibrous roots, 6-18 cm high. It prefers pasture fields and disturbed habitats. This endemic sedge is locally very common, but its preference to secondary habitats, where it is subject to extensive grazing by domesticated animals, is quite surprising. Its growth is perhaps propelled by the grazers that keep the landscape trimmed, which would otherwise grow into long and dense grasses measuring one or two feet in length, impeding the growth of the little herb, barely measuring four inches.

Identification credit: Sameer Patil Photographed in Maharashtra.

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