Western Ghats Muraina Grass
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Western Ghats Muraina Grass
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Western Ghats Muraina Grass
Botanical name: Ischaemum dalzellii    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Western Ghats Muraina Grass is an annual grass with stems sharply rising up, or prostrate, 30-50 cm long. Ligule is an efringed with hairs membrane; 4 mm long; hairy on lower surface. Leaf-blade base with a false leaf-stalk; leaf-stalk 1-5 cm long. Leaf-blades 3-7 cm long; 7-14 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface hairy; hairy on both sides; with tubercle-based hairs. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Inflorescence is composed of racemes. Racemes 2; paired; 2-3 cm long. Rachis fragile at the nodes; semiround; fringed with hairs on margins. Rachis internodes are club-shaped; 3.5 mm long. Rachis internode tip transverse; cupuliform. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets are stalkless; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets are stalked; 1 in the cluster. Flower-stalks oblong; 0.5 mm long; 0.1 length of fertile spikelet; fringed with hairs. Western Ghats Muraina Grass is native to SW India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Amboli, Maharashtra.

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