Nepal Foxtail Grass
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Nepal Foxtail Grass
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Nepal Foxtail Grass
Botanical name: Alopecurus nepalensis    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Nepal Foxtail Grass is an annual grass with stems 15-45 cm high, erect or ascending. Leaf-blades are 4-9 cm long, 2.5-3 mm wide, hairless. Upper sheaths are slightly inflated. Ligule is 2-3 mm long, obtuse. Flowers are borne in panicles 1-5 cm long, 3-5 mm wide, tapering towards the tip. Spikelets are 3-3.5 mm long; glumes subacute or obtuse, convergent at the tips, fused for a quarter to a third their length, narrowly winged on the keel, minutely hairy on the wing, hairless on the sides. Lemma is as long as or slightly longer than the glumes, subacute or obtuse, the margins connate for a third to half their length; awn absent or represented by a short stump near the base of the lemma; anthers about 0.6 mm long. Nepal Foxtail Grass is distributed in Pakistan (Baluchistan & Punjab), Northwest India and Nepal. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Delhi.

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