Oriental pennisetum, White fountain grass;

Shortly rhizornatous perennial often forming large clumps; culms 20-200 cm high or more, erect or ascending, woody and often densely fastigiately branched below.

Leaf-blades up to 60 cm long and 15 mm wide, flat or convolute, glabrous, scaberulous or pubescent. Panicle linear, 8-30 cm long, often interrupted; rhachis with shallow angular ribs below the stumpless scars, scaberulous to pubescent; involucre borne upon a slender pubescent stipe 0.5-1.5 mm long, enclosing 1-3 (-5) spikelets, one of them sessile, the others shortly pedicelled; bristles, at least the inner, loosely plumose, the longest 15-30 mm long.
Spikelets lanceolate, 4.5-6.5 mm long; lower glume a quarter the length of the spikelet and obtuse, to one-third or two-fifths as long and acute, rarely as much as half as long and acuminate, 1-nerved, occasionally nerveless; upper glume half to three-quarters the length of the spikelet, acute to acuminate; lower lemma as long as the spikelet, male, setaceously acuminate; upper lemma similar to the lower; anthers apiculate, without a tuft of hair at the tip.
Flowering and fruiting: March-October
Cultivated as fodder grass, often found running wild
Global Distribution: Central Asia and North Africa
Another cultivated grass

Pennisetum orientale





Place, Altitude: along Ghangaria – Govind Ghat trail … about 2080 m asl
Date, Time: 04 AUG 12 … 12:31pm
Habitat: along trail on mountain slope
Habit: erect herb; about 1 – 1.5 m high including the long stalked inflorescence

🙂 I hope this plant is grass !
With the little information and insufficient views, it may not be possible to arrive to specific ID.

Pennisetum orientale


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Pennisetum orientale L.C. Rich. in Pers., Syn. Pl. 1:72. 1805

Common on dry mountain slopes, especially along pathways. Photographed from Kashmir in June, 2010 




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