Small Marsh Millet
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Small Marsh Millet
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Small Marsh Millet
Botanical name: Coelachne simpliciuscula    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Panicum simpliciusculum, Isachne simpliciuscula

Small Marsh Millet is an aquatic or marshy annual grass with stems 10-25 cm high, erect or prostrate, nodes bearded. Leaves are 2-5 x 0.2-0.5 cm, ovate-lanceshaped, hairless, rounded at base; sheath keeled, hairless, ligule a row of hairs. Flower panicles are 2-7 cm long, contracted, cylindrical, hairless. Spikelets are similar, 2 x 1 mm, ovate, hairless. Glumes are similar, ovate-round, 3-nerved; florets 2; lower bisexual, upper barren or with a rudimentary ovary; first lemma 2 x 1 mm, ovate, pointed, hyaline; palea 2 x 1 mm elliptic. Stamens 3, free. Small Marsh Millet is native to India, East Himalaya, Madagascar, Nepal, Sri Lanka & SE Asia.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Bastar, Chattisgarh.

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