Yellow Bluestem Grass
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Yellow Bluestem Grass
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Yellow Bluestem Grass
Botanical name: Bothriochloa ischaemum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon ischaemum, Dichanthium ischaemum

Yellow Bluestem Grass is a perennial grass with mostly basal leaves. Stems are erect or ascending, up to 80 cm high. Leaves are 3-15 cm long, 2-4 mm wide. Flowers are borne in inflorescence of 5-15, approximately digitate, racemes. Racemes are 4-6 cm long, shortly stalked. Stalkless spikelets are oblong-lanceshaed, 3.5-5 mm long; lower glume chartaceous, hairy below the middle, not glossy, without a pit, acute; awn 12-15 mm long. Stalkless spikelets are hairless on the back, without a pit. Yellow Bluestem Grass is found in Europe, N. Africa, Himalayas, India, Tibet, China, Taiwan, at altitudes of 200-3600 m. Flowering: May-October.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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