Palm Grass
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Palm Grass
P Native Photo: Bhaskar Joshi
Common name: Palm Grass, Highland pitpit, Hailans pitpit, Short pitpit, Broadleaved bristlegrass, Knotroot • Nepali: बाँसपाते कागुनो Baanspaate Kaaguno • Mizo: Hnahhrat
Botanical name: Setaria palmifolia    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Panicum palmifolium, Setaria sulcata, Chaetochloa palmifolia

Palm Grass is a perennial grass with stems growing up to 2-3 m long from a knotty rhizome. The stems can be up to a cm thick. The leaf sheaths are sparsely to totally hairy. The leaf blades are linear, oval, or lance-shaped and up to 60-80 cm long by 7-8 cm wide. They have a pleated texture and are hairless or with some rough hairs. Flowers are borne in loose, open and spreading panicle, reaching up to 80 cm long. The spikelet is a few mm long but is often accompanied by a bristle which can be 1.5 cm long. Palm Grass is found in India, China and SE Asia. It is found in the Himalayas, up to an altitude of 1800 m.

Identification credit: Bhaskar Joshi Photographed in Morni Hills, Panchkula, Haryana.

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