Three-Spike Silvergrass
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Three-Spike Silvergrass
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Three-Spike Silvergrass
Botanical name: Pseudopogonatherum trispicatum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon trispicatus, Erianthus rufus, Eulalia trispicata

Three-Spike Silvergrass is a bunch-forming perennial grass, with basal sheaths hairless or thinly velvet-hairy, stems 1-4 ft tall. Leaf-blades are 10-30 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, often slender and flexuous. Inflorescence is composed of 2-16 nearly digitate racemes each 5-15 cm long, these light brown with white hairs from internodes and flower-stalks. Spikelets are narrowly elliptic-oblong, 2.5-4 mm long; lower glume light brown, hairy with white hairs, with a subpointed hyaline tip; lower lemma well-developed; upper lemma bifid to about the middle, with an awn 7-15 mm long. Three-Spike Silvergrass is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 1800-2900 m. It is also found in Western Ghats, Burma, Ceylon, Malaysia, Australia. Flowering: October-March.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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