Tropical & Subtropical Asia to W. Pacific; Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Caroline Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Ogasawara-shoto, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO;

Annuals. Culms 15-55 cm long, creeping or trailing, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves 2-6 x 0.4-1.2 cm, ovate-lanceolate, base cuneate, apex acuminate; sheaths softly villous, margins ciliate; ligules ovate. Panicles 5-14 cm long, lax. Spikelets 1-2 mm long, ovate or obovate, purplish-green. Lower glume c. 1×1 mm, ovate, acute. Upper glume 1-1.5 mm long, ovate or obovate. Lower floret empty, epaleate. Upper floret bisexual. First lemma c. 2 x 1.5 mm, ovate, 5-nerved. Second lemma 1.5-2 x 1 mm, deltoid, crustaceous. Palea c. 1.5 mm long, crustaceous, 2-keeled. Stamens 3; anthers cream. Stigmas pink.

Flowering and fruiting: May-June
Moist deciduous forests and also in the plains
Tropical Asia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)

ID/2020/July/MS /4 – ID of the Grass sps : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
I am sending herewith the photographs of the grass for ID. Photographed recently in Chennai. Grows luxuriously under the tree shade.

Cyrtococcum patens 


Identify the grass: 1 high res. image.

Not in flower. Probably Cyrtococcum patens if creeping on forest floor or shady places. Locality pl.

Locality: Andhra University Botanical garden
Creeping on the ground floor in moist shady places