Shortleaf Lovegrass
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Shortleaf Lovegrass
P Native Photo: Bubai Bera
Common name: Shortleaf Lovegrass
Botanical name: Eragrostiella brachyphylla    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Eragrostis brachyphylla

Shortleaf Lovegrass is a clustered perennial grass with butt sheaths persistent and investing base of stem; with compacted dead sheaths. Stems are erect; 20-35 cm long; 2-noded. Leaves are mostly basal, flat, or conduplicate; 6-12.5 cm long; 1.5-3 mm wide; leathery; glaucous. Leaf-tip is blunt; simple, or apiculate. Flowers are borne in a single raceme, erect; unilateral, 8-18 cm long; 5-7.5 mm wide. Rhachis is angular. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; crowded; regular; 2 -rowed. Spikelets are rising up; solitary. Fertile spikelets are stalkless. Spikelets comprising 10-15 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the tip. Spikelets are elliptic, or oblong; laterally compressed; 6-8 mm long; 1.5-2.75 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; rhachilla persistent; retaining paleas; fragile above; with the distal florets falling as a whole. Shortleaf Lovegrass is native to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Bubai Bera Photographed in Chilkigarh, Jhargram, West Bengal.

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