Sacciolepis indica (L.) Chase, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 21: 8 1908. (Syn: Aira indica L.; Aira spicata L. [Spelling variant]; Hymenachne indica (L.) Buse; Hymenachne phalarioides (Roem. & Schult.) Nees; Neurachne peekelii Lauterb.; Panicum angustum Trin.; Panicum arcuatum R.Br.; Panicum conglomeratum L. [Invalid]; Panicum contractum Wight & Arn. ex Nees; Panicum glaucidulum Peter; Panicum glomeratum Trin. [Invalid]; Panicum glomeratum (L.) Salisb.; Panicum incurvum L. ex Munro [Invalid]; Panicum indicum (L.) L. [Illegitimate] …….; Panicum johannae L. ex Munro [Invalid]; Panicum microstachyum Lam.; Panicum oryzetorum Makino ex Honda [Invalid]; Panicum pergracile Chiov. [Invalid]; Panicum phalaroides Roem. & Schult.; Panicum phleoides R.Br.; Panicum spicatum (L.) Farw. [Illegitimate]; Sacciolepis angusta (Trin.) Stapf; Sacciolepis auriculata Stapf; Sacciolepis brachiata (Hook.f.) Senaratna; Sacciolepis claviformis B.K.Simon; Sacciolepis contracta (Wight & Arn. ex Nees) Hitchc.; Sacciolepis glabra Santos; Sacciolepis gracilis Stent & J.M.Rattray; Sacciolepis indica var. angusta (Trin.) Keng …..; Sacciolepis oryzetora (Makino) Honda; Sacciolepis oryzetorum (Makino) Honda; Sacciolepis pergracilis Chiov.; Sacciolepis spicata Honda ex Masamune [Illegitimate]; Sacciolepis spicata (L.) Honda; Sacciolepis turgida Ridl. .; Sporobolus setarioides Peter [Invalid]);
Tropical & Subtropical Old World to N. & E. Australia: Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Borneo, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Manchuria, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Sierra Leone, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Alabama, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Caroline Is., Comoros, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Florida, Georgia, Guyana, Hawaii, Kermadec Is., Leeward Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Marianas, Marquesas, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, New Caledonia, New Zealand North, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Samoa, South Carolina, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Tubuai Is. as per POWO;

English Glenwoodgrass
Malayalam Bocha-pul

Annuals. Culms 10-50 cm high, tufted, erect or ascending. Leaves 4-10 x 0.2 – 0.5 cm, linear-lanceolate, base narrow or rounded, apex acuminate, flat; sheaths to 6 cm long; ligules membranous, rounded.

Panicles 1-6 cm long, spiciform. Spikelets 2-3 mm long, ovate-acute, slightly gibbous. Lower glume 1-1.5 x 1 mm, ovate-acute, clasping at base. Upper glume 2-3 x 0.5 – 1 mm, ovate-oblong. Lower floret male or barren. Upper floret bisexual. First lemma 2-3 x 0.5 – 1mm, ovate-lanceolate. Palea minute or absent. Second lemma c. 1 mm long, oblong-acute, coriaceous. Palea similar. Stamens 3; anthers deep violet. Stigmas violet.     
Flowering and fruiting: June-February
Wetlands and marshy areas
Tropical Asia, Australia and introduced in Africa and America

Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week :: Poaceae : Grass for identification from Gori Valley- NS 27 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 2 authors.
This spike was shot from near Shilling, is it possible to id from these pics only?? I do not have any other click of this grass…

Sacciolepis indica.
Gori valley is another botanical hotspot as it is a narrow valley with the Gori river descending from 3800m to 600m with snow peaks on both sides. The lower part of Gori valley from Jauljibi to Madkot (600 to 1500m) is specifically rich due to mixing of temperate and tropical elements and also is the confluence of eastern himalayan and western himalayan elements. More than 125 species of orchids are found in this stretch alone.

Also, a part of the valley is in the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary.

Many thanks … for this identification and additional information about the place..definitely Gori valley is worth visiting again and again, rich in floristic diversity, full of orchids..lovely scenic beauty..I was lucky to visit..



Identification of grass requested : 4 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image as above.
Help me in identification of the grass species photographed at Nelapattu and Pulicat area of Nellore district. Plant 5-10 cm in height, spike solitary.

Grass AL 5a is Sacciolepis indica. It is found all over India in moist, swampy localities and is highly variable.


SK146OCT17-2016:ID : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)
Sharing some pictures for ID shot at Pashupati Forest Kathmandu Nepal on 16 October 2016 at 4400 ft.

I know little of the sub-tropical flora found in and around (or at lower elevations) Kathmandu or the Eastern Himalayan foothills, so cannot help unless immediately recognise something. 

Sacciolepis indica – The inflorescence is shorter than the normal one, probably due to grazing/ mowing.

It is Sacciolepis sp.

Thank you … Sacciolepis indica (L.) Chase  ???


SK 2789 18 October 2020 – Grass : 11 posts by 3 authors. 5 images- 6 to 7 mb each.

Location: Matatirtha, Kathmandu
Date: 03 October 2020 
Elevation: 1802 m.
Habit : Wild


Elevation of two sp. matching, Sacciolepis indica (L.) Chase and Sacciolepis myosuroides (R.Br.) A. Camus among listed 3 in Nepal. Is it more close to Sacciolepis myosuroides (R.Br.) A. Camus ???

Sacciolepis indica


SK 3309 10 January 2022 – Poaceae: 5 very high res. images.
Location: Badikhel, Lalitpur
Altitude: 1797 m.
Date: 24 November 2021
Habit : Wild

Sacciolepis indica