Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 793 1891. (Syn: Andropogon ciliatus (L.f.) Thunb.; Andropogon quadrivalvis L.; Anthistiria barbata Desf.; Anthistiria ciliata L.f. [Illegitimate]; Anthistiria ciliata Nees; Anthistiria scandens Roxb.; Anthistiria semiberbis Nees [Invalid]; Themeda chinensis (A.Camus) S.L.Chen & T.D.Zhuang; Themeda ciliata (L.f.) Hack.; Themeda ciliata subsp. chinensis A.Camus; Themeda dacruzii Birari; Themeda echinata A.Camus ex Keng; Themeda yuanmounensis S.L.Chen & T.D.Zhuang);
It is native to India, Nepal, and Malaysia. It can also be found in many other places as an introduced species and often a noxious weed. It occurs in the United States, New Caledonia, Fiji, Mauritius, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, China, the Middle East and tropical America. It is a troublesome exotic weed in Australia, especially in northern regions. It is also an agricultural weed in crops such as sugar cane and lucerne.
This species is an annual grass growing up to 2 meters tall. The usually folded leaves are up to 60 centimeters long. The seed heads are rounded or fan-shaped and are accompanied by leaflike bracts. The grass becomes orange, red, or golden brown at maturity. The clustered spikelets in the seed heads have some tubercle-based hairs and twisted awns, which can be up to 5 centimeters long. The awn is hygroscopic, twisting when moist and drilling the seed into the soil. This species is similar to Themeda triandra, a native species which tends to be smaller and more brown in color.
Grader grass is a prolific producer of seed; there can be up to 1000 seeds in a single seed head. The seed is dispersed by graders, on fur and clothing, and as a contaminant of pasture seed supplies. The seed is sometimes found as a contaminant of bird seed, as well.
(From Wikipedia on 10.4.13.)
Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: Poaceae- Themeda quadrivalvis from STR (nsd-4) : 1 image. 2 posts by 2 authors.
A Large annual grass widely distributed in M.P. and other drier part of India. Photograph from Satpura Tiger Reserve Hoshangabad M.P.
Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze SN Dec19 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2). Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze, wild grass from Siddapur area of Karnataka
Thanks …, this is a long time since we conducted Poaceae Week, now a Poaceae Month is much needed at the earliest..
Grass for Id from Pelhar, Maharashtra Nov – 2015 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Please identify this grass sp. from Pelhar dam found near water bodies.
Height appx 3 fts.
Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze
1 image. A wild grass, it seems to have dried up.
Resembles Iseilema anthephoroides
3 images. Grass seen in a grassland.