West-Indian Muraina Grass
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West-Indian Muraina Grass
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: West-Indian Muraina Grass
Botanical name: Ischaemum kingii    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Ischaemum borii, Ischaemum raizadae, Ischaemum kingii var. raizadae

West-Indian Muraina Grass is an annual erect grass 20-30 cm tall, with clustered round stems with branches arising from the base, nodes hairless. It is named for named for Clarence King, 19th century geologist on the California Geological Survey. Leaf-sheaths are semi-compressed 3-10 cm long, narrowly ovate, hairless or sparsely hairy, pointed-tipped leaf blades. Flowers are borne in two racemes, 3-8 cm long. Joints are club-shaped, three-toothed tips. Stalkless spikelets are oblong, 4-6 mm, awned. Lower glumes are leathery, narrowly ovate, 4-6 mm long, two-keeled. Stalked spikelets are narrowly ovate, 7-8 mm long. West-Indian Muraina Grass is native to West India, Western Ghats. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Kumar Gosavi Photographed at Koyna, Satara Maharashtra.

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