Running Mountain Grass
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Running Mountain Grass
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Running Mountain Grass
Botanical name: Oplismenus compositus    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Panicum setarium, Panicum lanceolatum, Oplismenus indicus

Running Mountain Grass is a perennial herb with rambling stems 15-150 cm long. This is a true forest grass and appears in gregarious patches in open shady places and in glades. The awns are sticky and the ripe spikelets become attached to passing animals, thereby distributing the seed. Leaf-blades are narrowly lanceshaped to narrowly ovate, 2-15 cm long, 8-25 mm wide. Inflorescence are 5-25 cm long, the lowest raceme 2.5-10 cm long, its rachis hairless to loosely hairy, the spikelet pairs distant. Spikelets are lanceshaped, 2.5-4 mm long, hairless to velvet-hairy; glumes with smooth sticky awns, the longest in each pair of spikelets 3-10 mm. Running Mountain Grass is found in the HImalayas at altitudes of 300-2800 m, and is wide spread in several continents. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Hamirpur ,Himachal Pradesh

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