Capillipedium filiculme (Hook.f.) Stapf (syn: Andropogon filiculmis Hook.f.; Dichanthium filiculme (Hook.f.) S.K.Jain & Deshp.); 
W. India as per WCSP;


Annual herbs; culms 30-80 cm long, slender, weak, creeping or geniculate; nodes villous or glabrous. Leaves lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, 2-5 x 0.4-0.6 cm; ligules ovate, acute, membranous. Panicles 3-10 cm long, open or contracted; joints 1-2 mm long, ciliate. Sessile spikelets oblong or elliptic, 2-3 mm villous or glabrous; callus shortly bearded; lower glume ovate, acute, 2-2.5 x 1 mm long, subcoriaceous, 7-nerved, sparsely villous or glabrous; upper glume oblong-lanceolate, 2-2.5 x 1 mm, chartaceous, faintly 3-5 nerved, margins delicate, hyaline; lower floret empty; upper floret bisexual; first lemma oblong, obtuse, 1-1.5 x 0.75 mm, delicate, hyaline; second lemma stipitate, 1-2 mm, delicate; awn 10-12 mm long, column c. 5 mm long; stamens 3, anthers 1-1.5 mm long; ovary oblong, c. 0.25 mm; styles 0.5-1 mm long, slender, stigmas 1-1.5 mm long. Pedicelled spikelets usually reduced or sterile; pedicels 1-2 mm long, ciliate.

Flowering and fruiting: December-March
Dry rocky areas, road cuttings and forests
Peninsular India
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Capillipedium filiculme (Hook.f.) Stapf
Hooker’s Icones Plantarum 31: 4, sub pl. 3085. 1922. 
Basionym: Andropogon filiculmis Hook. f.
Synonym: Dichanthium filiculme (Hook.f.) S.K.Jain& Deshp.
Date: 07/10/2019
Location: “Talbid”, Karad, Satara (MS)
Taxonomy:  Annual, culm decumbent upto 90 cm high, geniculately branched, internodes long, nodes hairy. Leaf 5-10 × 0.3-0.4 cm, linear-lanceolate finely acuminate, filiform apex, Leaf sheath upto 10 cm, terete, glabrous, ligule membranous to ciliate. Panicle oblong upto 10 cm, open to partially contracted, with filiform rachis, capillary branches, aromatic. Joint and pedicel with translucent median furrow, 2-2.5 mm long, ciliate margin, Sessile spikelet’s elliptic, 3 × 1 mm, awned, short callus, hairy. Pedicelled spikelet’s narrowly elliptic, 3.5-4 mm, anawned.
Fl. & Frts.: September to December
Distribution: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Odessa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana   
Habitat: occasionally Occasionally found along hill slop and roadside of ghat region
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Herbarium and Spikelet’s Photograph.

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Habit Photo 

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Excellent presentation …!!

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