Mountain Scented-Top
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Mountain Scented-Top
P Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Mountain Scented-Top • Nepali: खरु Kharu
Botanical name: Capillipedium assimile    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Andropogon assimilis, Bothriochloa assimilis, Dichanthium assimile

Mountain Scented-Top is an erect or straggling woody perennial grass, often with a prostrate base; stems slender or stout, up to 3 m high. Leaf-blades are 6-20 cm long, 3-6 mm wide, often prominently narrowed at the base. Inflorescence is 5-12 cm long; racemes with 2-6 stalkless spikelets, rarely reduced to a triad of 1 stalkless and 2 stalked spikelets. Stalkless spikelet are narrowly oblong, 1.8-2.5 mm long, rough or velvet-hairy, blunt; lower glume concave or flat on the back, with 2-4 intercarinal nerves; awn 6-12mm long. Stalked spikelets are lanceshaped, 3-4.5 mm long. Mountain Scented-Top is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to NE India, Tibet, India, Burma, Indo-China, China, Malaysia, at altitudes of 600-2100 m.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.

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