Botanical name: Setaria palmifolia Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Panicum palmifolium, Setaria sulcata, Chaetochloa palmifolia
Palm Grass is a perennial grass with stems growing up to 2-3 m long from a knotty rhizome. The stems can be up to a cm thick. The leaf sheaths are sparsely to totally hairy. The leaf blades are linear, oval, or lance-shaped and up to 60-80 cm long by 7-8 cm wide. They have a pleated texture and are hairless or with some rough hairs. Flowers are borne in loose, open and spreading panicle, reaching up to 80 cm long. The spikelet is a few mm long but is often accompanied by a bristle which can be 1.5 cm long. Palm Grass is found in India, China and SE Asia. It is found in the Himalayas, up to an altitude of 1800 m.
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