South-Indian Eye Grass
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South-Indian Eye Grass
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: South-Indian Eye Grass • Malayalam: Nilampana
Botanical name: Curculigo trichocarpa    Family: Hypoxidaceae (Star Grass family)
Synonyms: Hypoxis trichocarpa, Molineria trichocarpa, Curculigo garoensis, Hypoxis latifolia

South-Indian Eye Grass is a small herb with rhizome narrowly oblong, up to 10 cm long. Flowers are yellow, velvet-hairy, 1 cm across, tepals oblong-blunt; ovary hairy. Flowers are borne in racemes 4-8 cm long; bracts linear, 1 cm long. Bisexual flowers are towards base of racemes; male towards the tip. Leaves are 23-30 x 3-5 cm, elliptic-lanceshaped, tip tapering, base narrowed, pleated, hairless; leaf-stalk 25-30 cm. Fruit is narrowly oblong. South-Indian Eye Grass is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: August-April.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed at Mutturayaswamy betta, Karnataka.

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