Thalia Lovegrass
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Thalia Lovegrass
P Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Thalia Lovegrass
Botanical name: Eragrostis atrovirens    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Eragrostis biformis, Eragrostis fracta, Poa atrovirens

Thalia Lovegrass is a clustered perennial grass without rhizomes, stems 30-100 cm high. Leaf-blades are flat or rolled, mostly 15-30 cm long and 2.4 cm wide. Panicles are ovate or oblong, 440 cm long, the spikelets loosely contracted about the obliquely rising up primary branches. Spikelets are 6-50-flowered, narrowly oblong, 3-20 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm wide, the opposite rows of florets not overlapping, leaving the rhachilla partly visible, typically grey-green but varying from yellowish to dark green and often tinged with purple, breaking up from the base, the rhachilla persistent; glumes nearly equal, ovate-elliptic, 0.8-1.7 mm long, pointed. Thalia Lovegrass is found in Pakistan (Punjab & Kashmir); north Africa to Zambia and Angola; Mauritania to the Philippines. It is found in NW India and Western Himalaya, at altitudes of 200-1800 m. Flowering: All year.

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

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