Zebra Grass
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Zebra Grass
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Zebra Grass, Bichetii grass, Siam lily, False lily turf, Wheat plant • Kannada: Bhoomi sakkare
Botanical name: Chlorophytum laxum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Chlorophytum laxiflorum, Chlorophytum acaule, Chlorophytum javanicum

Zebra Grass is a house plant with long slender arching leaves. Leaves are 10-25 x 0.8 cm, linear-oblong, pointed, hairless, bifarious; sheath open. Flowers are borne in slender racemes 10-20 cm long. Flowers are paired at nodes; flower-stalk 8 mm long, jointed at the middle. Tepals are 2 x 1 mm, oblong, papery, white; ovary 3-lobed, ovules one in each cell, stigma at branch-ends, entire. Capsules are 5 x 6 mm, prominently 3-lobed; seeds 2.5 x 2 mm, kidney-shaped, wrinkled. Zebra Grass is native to NE Tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula, India to W. Malesia, N. Australia.
Medicinal uses: Soliga people in Karnataka have a long history of curing most of their ailments using traditional medicine. Zebra Grass, locally called Bhoomi sakkare, is an important medicinal plant for them.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju Photographed in Amboli, Maharashtra.

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