Small Quaking-Grass
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Small Quaking-Grass
A Naturalized Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Small Quaking-Grass
Botanical name: Briza minor    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Briza gracilis

Small Quaking-Grass is a hairless annual grass, up to 0.6 m high. Leaves with sheath loose, smooth and striped; ligule oblong, blunt, 3–6 mm long; blade 2–10 mm wide, tip narrowed. Inflorescence is broad-obovate, lax, 5–10 cm long. Spikelets ovate to triangular, very blunt, erect to drooping on slender flower-stalks, 4–8-flowered. Glumes broadly oblong-obovate, blunt or abruptly pointed, usually pale green but less often purplish. Lemmas closely overlapping, broadly heart-shaped-ovate, 2–3 mm long, tips blunt, often inflexed. The two chaff-like bracts that enclose the grass floret are elliptic, 1.5 mm long, finely winged, the wings very minutely fringed with hairs. Small Quaking-Grass is a native of Meditterranean, introduced and growing wild in the high ranges in Western Ghats in India.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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