Slender Tall Reedgrass
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Slender Tall Reedgrass
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Slender Tall Reedgrass
Botanical name: Arundinella leptochloa    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Arundinella gigantea, Arundinella lawsonii, Panicum zeylanicum

Slender Tall Reedgrass is a perennial grass with stems 40-110 cm high, erect; nodes hairless. Leaves are 5-27 x 0.5-1.5 cm, linear-lanceshaped or linear, base rounded or shallowly heart-shaped, tip tapering, tuberculate-hairy; sheaths up to 12 cm long, tubercle-based hairy; ligules ovate, thin, membranous. Flowers are borne in lax panicles 10-27 cm long; branches up to 8 cm long. Spikelets are 3-4 mm long, elliptic-lanceshaped. Lower glume 1.5-3 x 1-1.5 mm, ovate-pointed, 3-nerved, nerves scaberulous. Upper glume 2-3 x 1-1.5 mm, ovate-lanceshaped, 5-nerved. Lower floret male. Upper floret bisexual. First lemma 2-2.5 x 1-1.5 mm, ovate-oblong, 5-nerved. Palea 1.5-2 x 0.5-1 mm, oblong-elliptic, hyaline. Stamens 3. Second lemma 1-1.5 x 0.5-1 mm, oblong-elliptic, muricate. Palea about 1 x 0.5 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, delicate with wart-like out growths. Stamens are 3; anthers pink. Stigmas 1-1.5 mm long, violet. Slender Tall Reedgrass is native to Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: All year.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed at Kaas plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.

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