Showy Muraina Grass
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Showy Muraina Grass
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Showy Muraina Grass
Botanical name: Phacelurus speciosus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon speciosus, Ischaemum speciosum, Manisuris speciosa

Showy Muraina Grass is a perennial grass with stems 1-5 ft tall, erect. Leaf-blades are flat, folded or convolute, 10-45 cm long, 3-9 mm wide, green or glaucous, hairless or hairy, the hairs tubercle-based or not. Inflorescences are 6-25 cm long; racemes solitary or 2-5 digitately or racemosely arranged, each 6-15 cm long; internodes and flower-stalks club-shaped, mostly hairless, sometimes sparsely to densely velvet-hairy. Stalkless spikelets are narrowly ovate to lanceshaped, pallid or green, sometimes purplish; callus with a central peg; lower glume 4.5-8.5 mm long, flat on the back, distinctly nerved, hairless to densely hairy, spinously fringed with hairs along the margins, narrowly winged towards the top, blunt and often notched at the tip; lower floret male. Stalked spikelets resemble the stalkless but usually smaller, without a callus, about as long as the internode or shorter. Showy Muraina Grass is found from Afghanistan to West Himalaya. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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