NE. & E. Tropical Africa, Indian Subcontinent to Indo-China: Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO;

Tufted annuals; culms erect, 5 cm high, branched; nodes glabrous. Leaves few, scattered, blade 1-2.5 cm long, filiform or conduplicate, margins with tubercle based hairs; sheaths small, shortly keeled; ligule narrow, membranous. Spikes terminal, solitary. 2.5-4 cm long. cylindrical; rachis compressed, scabrous. Spikelets solitary, biseriate, sunken in the cavities of the rachis along the sides; glumes persistent, unequal, lower one minute, broadly triangular, upper glume 1.5 mm long, lanceolate, smooth, muticous; floret one, bisexual; lemma similar but shorter than the upper glume, cymbiform, obtuse or emarginate; palea similar to lemma, bicuspidate; stamens 3; styles 2, free, stigmas plumose.

Flowering and fruiting: November-December
Shrublands and dry deciduous forests
Tropical Africa and South Asia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Oropetium thomaeum (L.f.) Trin SN Oct 32 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Oropetium thomaeum (L.f.) Trin,
short erect grass on open moist rocks, from Krishnagiri dt of Tamilnadu


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