Annuals, 5-10 cm tall; culms tufted, compressed, trigonous, glabrous. Leaves basal, 3-10 x 0.1 cm, linear, flat, margins involute; sheaths 5-12 mm long, laterally compressed, straw-coloured, lower ones bladeless, mouth oblique, membranous with dark brown spots; ligule absent. Inflorescence terminal, capitate, 1-2 cm across; bracts 2-3, the largest to 4 cm long. Spikelets 5-8 x 1-1.5 mm, oblong-cylindric, obtuse, brown; rachilla narrowly winged. Glumes spiral, 1-1.5 mm long, ovate, concave, acute at apex, keeled, 3-nerved, yellowish, margins hyaline. Stamen 1; anthers c. 0.5 mm, oblong. Style c. 1 mm long, linear, thickened at base, sparsely ciliate at top; stigma 2. Nut c. 0.5 mm, obovoid, obscurely vertically striate, biconvex, yellowish.

Flowering and fruiting: November-December
Wet or moist sandy grounds, grasslands and in rice fields
South and South East Asia
(Attribution- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)



ID KANNUR 18 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) 

Please identify this Cyperaceae member from the riparian zone of Kannur district of Kerala,

Please post more photograph of the same.

It looks like Fimbristylis argentea (Rottb.) Vahl


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