Tender Finger Grass
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Tender Finger Grass
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Tender Finger Grass
Botanical name: Tetrapogon tenellus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Tetrapogon macranthus, Tetrapogon triangulatus, Chloris tenella

Tender Finger Grass is an annual or short-lived perennial, loosely clustered grass, with erect or rising up 4-6-noded stems up to 2 ft tall, nodes not prominent. Leaf-blades are 5-20 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, tapering; sheaths loosely flabellate at the base of the stem. Spikes are protruding, solitary or paired and divergent, 3-7 cm long. Spikelets 4-6-flowered, the lower 3-5 florets fertile and awned; glumes ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, tapering or rarely aristate, the lower 3-5.5 mm long, the upper 4-6.5 mm long; lemmas obovate-triangular in profile, 5–5.8 mm long, shortly fringed with hairs along the nerves or nearly hairless, with an awn 3-15 mm long; upper 1-2 florets sterile and reduced to minute awnless lemmas. Grain of lowest floret oblong. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Ankush Dave Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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