Interrupted Cupscale Grass
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Interrupted Cupscale Grass
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Interrupted Cupscale Grass
Botanical name: Sacciolepis interrupta    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Panicum interruptum, Panicum uliginosum, Sacciolepis mukuku

Interrupted Cupscale Grass is an annual grass with stems 25-90 cm long, erect, creeping or geniculate, spongy and floating, rooting at the nodes below; nodes hairless. Leaves are 5-30 x 0.3-1.2 cm, lanceshaped or linear, base rounded, tip pointed or tapering; sheaths to 16 cm long; ligules ovate, membranous. Flowers are borne in panicles 4-25 cm long, spike-like, interrupted. Spikelets are 3-5 mm long, ovate-lanceshaped. Lower glume 1-1.5 x 1 mm, ovate-oblong. Upper glume 3-5 x 1-2 mm, ovate-lanceshaped. Lower floret male or barren. Upper floret bisexual. First lemma similar to the upper glume. Palea 2-3 mm olong, oblong, hyaline. Second lemma 2-3 x 1-1.5 mm, ovate-oblong, subleathery. Palea 2-3 mm long, elliptic, 2-keeled, hyaline. Stamens 3; anthers violet. Stigmas pink. Grains about 2 mm long, ovoid. Interrupted Cupscale Grass is native to Tropical Africa and Asia.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh

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