Tropical Fimbry
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Tropical Fimbry
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Tropical Fimbry, St. John's sedge
Botanical name: Fimbristylis cymosa    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Iria cymosa, Scirpus cymosus, Fimbristylis cymosa var. typica

Tropical Fimbry is a grass-like perennial herb with stems clustered, 10-60 cm tall, flatly and bluntly 3-angled, sometimes thick at base, with many leaves. Leaf blade is 1-4 mm wide, thick, flat, extremely rigid, margin finely minutely toothed, tip pointed. Involucral bracts 1-3, shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence a simple or decompound anthela, headlike with a few short rays or open with several elongated rays. Spikelets are numerous, solitary or clustered, oblong to ovoid, 3-6 x 1.5-2.5 mm, densely many flowered, tip blunt. Glumes brown, ovate to broadly ovate, 1.2-2 mm, membranous, below 3-veined, margin broadly hyaline, tip blunt. Stamens are 3; anthers linear. Tropical Fimbry is found in the Tropics & Subtropics worldwide. Flowering: June-October.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Kaigal, Andhra Pradesh.

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