Stinking Scented-Top
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Stinking Scented-Top
P Native Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Stinking Scented-Top
Botanical name: Capillipedium huegelii    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon huegelii, Capillipedium foetidum, Capillipedium schmidii

Stinking Scented-Top is an annual or perennial grass with stems up to 1.5 m long, erect or straggling. Leaves are up to 20 cm long, 1 cm wide, elliptic-lanceshaped, tapering at tip. Ligules membranous. Flowers are borne in open or contracted panicles, upto 15 cm long. Stalkless spikelets are 0.25-0.4 cm long, hairy or hairless. Lower florets are empty, upper bisexual. Upper lemma is 0.1-0.2 cm long, hyaline, awn 1-1.5 cm long. Stinking Scented-Top is native to India, Myanmar, West Himalaya. Flowering: November-March.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Borgad, Maharashtra.

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