Slender Nut-Rush
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Slender Nut-Rush
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Slender Nut-Rush • Malayalam: Kaden-pullu, Nakkupullu • Tamil: Kaden pullu, Katinappul
Botanical name: Scleria lithosperma    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Scirpus lithospermus, Hypoporum lithospermum

Slender Nut-Rush is a clustered perennial grass with slender stems 40-60 cm or more tall. Leaves have a blunt tip, blade glaucouss, narrowly linear, 1-4 mm wide; sheaths velvet-hairy in the middle of the sides. Flowers are borne in a narrow, very loose and up to 30 cm long, branch-end panicle and 2-3 diatant in leaf-axils ones. Spikelets are few; primary bracts usually much exceeding their panicles. Spikelets are bisexual, 1-3 in clusters, with 1 female flower and a few to several male flowers, 3-5 mm long. Glumes are ovate to lanceshaped, tapering, with a green rough keel, rest streaked reddish brown. Disc reduced to a narrow, brown, minutely glandular ring concrete with the base of the nut. The native range of this species is Tropics & Subtropics, including Eastern Himalaya. Flowering: All year.
Medicinal uses: Root decoction is given after parturition. Young tops are given to children for enlarged stomach.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Kaigal, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

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