Tropical Cupgrass
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Tropical Cupgrass
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Tropical Cupgrass
Botanical name: Eriochloa procera    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Agrostis ramosa, Eriochloa ramosa, Milium ramosum

Tropical Cupgrass is an annual grass, with stems 20-100 cm tall, erect or geniculately rising up. Leaf-blades are 2-30 cm long, 2-4 mm. wide. Inflorescence is 4-20 cm long; racemes 2-10 cm long, the rachis finely velvet-hairy, triquetrous, bearing paired spikelets; flower-stalks commonly hairless, those of a pair often fused below. Spikelets are lanceshaped, 3-4 mm long, thinly velvet-hairy; lower glume absent; upper glume pointed to tapering; lower floret represented only by a lemma; upper lemma with a mucro 0.3-0.5 mm long. Tropical Cupgrass is found in damp places and stream sides, at altitudes of 200-1700 m, in Ethiopia to Mozambique, Madagascar, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Australia.

Identification credit: P.V. Sreekumar Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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