Stalked-Leaf Beard Grass
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Stalked-Leaf Beard Grass
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Stalked-Leaf Beard Grass
Botanical name: Spodiopogon rhizophorus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon albidus, Andropogon rhizophorus, Spodiopogon albidus

Stalked-Leaf Beard Grass is an annual grass with stems up to 50 cm high; nodes hairless. Leaves are up to 15 x 1.5 cm, flaccid, linear-lanceshaped, tapering, 1-nerved, usually suddenly narrowed into a slender leaf-stalk, ligule oblong, hairless. Flowers are borne in panicle up to 15 cm long, congested; axis hairless; flower-stalks with long hairs. Spikelets are in groups of three; one stalkless and two stalked. Stalkless spikelets 5-8 mm long, lanceshaped; glumes subequal, 4 x 1.5 mm, 12-nerved, lower florets male; upper bisexual; first lemma 2.5 x 1 mm, oblong-tapering, 1-nerved, papery; palea lanceshaped, 2-nerved; second lemma elliptic, notched and awned from the sinus; awn 7 mm long; palea obovate, flat; stamens 3; ovary elliptic, styles 2, basely united; stigmas 2, plumose. Stalked-Leaf Beard Grass is found mainly in South West India, Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Koyna, Maharashtra.

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