Manila Grass
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Manila Grass
P Native Photo: Kunal Odedra
Common name: Manila Grass, Temple grass, Japanese carpet
Botanical name: Zoysia matrella    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Osterdamia zoysia, Zoysia tenuifolia, Zoysia aristata

Manila grass is a mat-forming, perennial grass, forming extensive, velvety, green mats, spreading vigorously by runners, or occasionally by rhizomes. Once established, Manipla grass grows in low elevation preferring sandy soils where other grasses establish poorly. The stems are slender and prostrate, 5-25 cm long. Leaves are alternate, produced at 1.5-3 cm intervals along the stem; they are slender, 2-10 cm long and 1-3 mm broad. The flowers are greenish, produced on erect racemes 6-35 mm long with a single 2-3.5 mm flower in each spikelet. Manila Grass is native to Tropical & Subtropical Asia to NW Pacific.

Identification credit: Kunal Odedra Photographed at Brahmaji Temple Beach, Miyani, Porbandar, Gujarat.

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