Many-Branched Muraina Grass
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Many-Branched Muraina Grass
A Native Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Many-Branched Muraina Grass
Botanical name: Triplopogon ramosissimus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Ischaemum ramosissimum, Sehima ramosissima, Triplopogon spathiflorus

Many-Branched Muraina Grass is an annual grass with stems erect, 100-180 cm long; with prop roots. Ligule is a membrane efringed with hairs; 1.5 mm long. Leaf-blade base with a false leaf-stalk. Leaf-blades is lanceshaped; 30-60 cm long; 15-35 mm wide; flaccid. Leaf-blade surface velvet-hairy; hairy on both sides. Leaf-blade margins scaberulous. Synflorescence compound; fastigiate. Inflorescence is composed of racemes; at branch-ends and in leaf-axils; subtended by a spatheole. Spatheole linear; 6-8 cm long; herbaceous. Racemes 1; single; 4-5 cm long. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; flattened; fringed with hairs on margins. Rhachis internodes linear. Rhachis internode tip transverse. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets stalkless; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets stalked; 1 in the cluster. Flower-stalks linear; flattened; 5 mm long; fringed with hairs. Many-Branched Muraina Grass is probably endemic to Maharashtra.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Nasik, Maharashtra.

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