Phleum himalaicum Mez, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17: 293 1921. (Syn: Phleum arenarium var. thomsonii Griseb.; Phleum graecum auct.)


 

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VoF Week :: TG :: Phleum alpinum: Alpine Cat Tail
Phleum alpinum
Photographed from Valley of Flowers, in June


Phleum alpinum is a perennial grass and the inflorescence is ovoid. This grass found in VoF seems to be an annual and the inflorescence is several times longer than broad. Phleum alpinum is also found in the valley, but this one seems to be different. I had also collected this from VoF in 2000 and had placed it under Phleum himalaicum, though the description of P.himalaicum in different books do not completely match, especially w.r.t. length of awns.


I had collected both Phleum alpinum and P. himalaicum from Kashmir, if the identification is correct they are clearly different from above plant. I am attaching photographs of both here.


Both seems to be Phleum alpinum. The difference could be mainly because of grazing impact and also of course season, altitude, soil depth, etc.


Thanks … My Phleum alpinum was collected from altitude of 3300 m, whereas my P. himalaicum from 1700-1900 m. I wonder if P. alpinum can grow at such low altitudes, plus this was clearly an annual plant. 

 

 

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Flora of Uttarakhand- Grass5 for Id- JM: Wild herb captured on 13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.).


Look like some Setaria sps.


Check for Setaria glauca


To me it looks like Polypogon species because Stipa have twisted awns characteristically


To me also it looks like Setaria glauca 


Grass in image 4452 is Oryzopsis (Piptatherum) aequiglumis. You can see both new spikelet with the single floret and old spikelet with only glumes left behind.

Grasses in image 4450 is Phleum himalaicum. The key provided in Floras is confusing, but this image matches well with the type specimen. The main identification character is that both the glumes are very acuminate and the short cylindric spikelet.
Grass in image 4451 is a variety of Festuca rubra (foreground). There is a mature inflorescence of Phleum himalaicum with spikelets falling towards the right of the photo. The grass with fine spikelets hanging in a panicle in the background seems to be Eremopoa persica.


 

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This beautiful grass was shot from VOF trek, near Valley of Flowers, Uttrakhand… I now realize , I should have clicked at least one habit picture.. but this now demands one more visit to the place, if only I am lucky enough to find this again.. hope to get id.. I remember this was posted during VOF week.. I am very poor in locating the threads..


Phleum sp. probably P.himalaicum


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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