Cenchrus clandestinus (Hochst. ex Chiov.) Morrone as per POWO;
Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. ex Chiov., Annuario Reale Ist. Bot. Roma 8: 41 1903. (Syn: Cenchrus clandestinus (Hochst. ex Chiov.) Morrone; Pennisetum inclusum Pilg.; Pennisetum longistylum var. clandestinum (Chiov.) Leeke; (≡) Kikuyuochloa clandestina (Hochst. ex Chiov.) H. Scholz);
Eritrea to S. Tropical Africa: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Argentina Northeast, Azores, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Chile Central, Chile North, China South-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Desventurados Is., Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East Himalaya, Easter Is., Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Jawa, Kriti, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Madagascar, Madeira, Malaya, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Morocco, Namibia, New Guinea, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, South Australia, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Tristan da Cunha, Tunisia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Victoria, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Yemen as per POWO;
Common name: Kikuyu Grass
Culms densely tufted, matty, prostrate, and stoloniferous, to 3(15)cm. Leaf-blades involute or flat, 1.5-5(12) x 0.2-0.4(0.6) cm., glabrescent, scaberulous on margins; ligule a rim of dense cilia, to 0.15 cm. Plants dioecious. Racemes of 2-4-spikelets, enclosed almost completely by uppermost leaf-sheaths. Spikelets linear-lanceolate, to 1.5 cm; terminal spikelets pedicelled, others(sub)sessile; involucral bristles unequal, to 1.2 cm, scabrid. Lower glume minute, to 0.05 cm; upper glume ovate-acuminate, to 0.8 cm, membranous; lower lemma lanceolate, to 1.5 cm, membranous, epaleate. Upper lemma similar to lower lemma, to 1.3 cm; palea linear-lanceolate, to 1.2 cm. Style long-exserted, to 4 cm. Stamens 3; filaments to 3 cm.
Grown as fodder/lawn grass
Native of East Africa
The tropical grass species Pennisetum clandestinum is known by several common names, most often kikuyu grass, as it is native to the region of East Africa that is home to the Kĩkũyũ tribe.
Flora of Chakrata 2013- Grass for id : Attachments (7). 6 posts by 3 authors.
This small herb was shot from the area.. male and female flowers borne on separate plants..
I hope this is a Grass.. please provide id help..
It is Pennisetum clandestinum an introduced grass, native of Africa (see Bor, 1960).
Thanks a lot … this is very quick id of an unusual grass …
Pennisetum clandestinum from Uttarakhand: Aug_DSR_1 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. ex Chiov. (=Cenchrus clandestinus) is a striking grass when flowering. The stamens are very long and exserted.
It is an introduced grass and have naturalized in some temperate areas of Uttarakhand making compact carpets.
Here photographed near Kalamuni, Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand).