Melica persica Kunth, Révis. Gramin. 1: 351 1830. (syn: Melica armena Boiss. & Kotschy [Invalid]; Melica atropatana Schischk.; Melica breviflora Boiss.; Melica canescens (Regel) Lavrenko ex Nevski; Melica cupani var. hohenackeri (Boiss.) Boiss. ……; Melica glaucescens Steud.; Melica hohenackeri Boiss.; Melica inaequiglumis Boiss. .; Melica jacquemontii Decne. ..; Melica kermanica Gand.; Melica kotschyi Hochst. ex Steud.; Melica lanata Steud.; Melica micrantha var. inaequiglumis (Boiss.) Griseb.; Melica pannosa Boiss. .; Melica persica subsp. atropatana (Schischk.) Tzvelev .; Melica schimperi C.Presl; Melica schischkinii Iljinsk.; Melica sinaica Fig. & De Not; Melica trachyantha Boiss.; Melica transsilvanica subsp. atropatana (Schischk.) Tzvelev; Melica vestita Boiss.; Melica viridis Boiss. & Kotschy [Invalid]; Melica woronowii Schischk. ex Grossh. [Invalid]);
E. Medit. to C. Asia and Nepal as per WCSP;
The species is perennial and caespitose with elongated rhizomes. It culms are erect 15–50 centimetres (5.9–19.7 in) long. The leaf-sheaths are smooth, tubular and have one closed end. The leaf-blades are flat and are 5–15 centimetres (2.0–5.9 in) long by 2–4 millimetres (0.079–0.157 in) wide while the membrane is eciliated and is 0.5–3 millimetres (0.020–0.118 in) long. Both leaf-sheaths and leaf-blades have glabrous surface. The panicle is linear, spiciform, secunded and is 3.5–12 centimetres (1.4–4.7 in) long.
Spikelets are cuneate, solitary, are 5.5–10 millimetres (0.22–0.39 in) long and have fertile spikelets that are pediceled. Its lemma have hairs that are 4–5 millimetres (0.16–0.20 in) long. It is also have an acute apex with the fertile lemma itself being chartaceous, elliptic, keelless, and is 4–7.5 millimetres (0.16–0.30 in) long. The species also carry 2–3 sterile florets which are barren, cuneate, clumped and are 2 millimetres (0.079 in) long. Both the upper and lower glumes are oblong, keelless, and are membranous. Their size is different though; lower one is 2.5–6.5 millimetres (0.098–0.256 in) long while the upper one is 5.5–10 millimetres (0.22–0.39 in) long. It palea is 2-veined.
Flowers are fleshy, oblong, truncate, have 2 lodicules and grow together. They have 3 anthers with fruits that are caryopsis. The fruit is also have additional pericarp with a linear hilum.
Melica persica grows on grassy hillsides and stony ones too.
(from Wikipedia on 22.1.17)
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Sharing some pictures for ID shot on the way to Khardung La at 12000 ft on 21 August 2016.
I hope Pennisetum orientale.
Looks like it is matching but altitude is not matching as per below link.
This link records at Leh
This one records from Nubra valley
A grass – which often presents challenges. In the past I have mostly relied upon grass specialists (such as those at Kew) to name the pressed specimens collected on my early botanical expeditions such as the University of Southampton one in 1980 (a duplicate set of specimens going to the University of Kashmir herbarium). I have difficulties with some grasses in the UK.
This looks quite distinctive and I seem to recollect it but my memory is not what it was! No ideas at present.
Hopefully someone with greater familiarity with grasses from this region can either make suggestions or tell us what it is?
Thank you … ! Melica persica Kunth.