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Slender Braid Grass
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Slender Braid Grass
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Slender Braid Grass
Botanical name: Schoenefeldia gracilis    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Chloris pallida, Schoenefeldia pallida, Schoenefeldia nutans

Slender Braid Grass is a clustered annual herb, with culms 20-80 cm tall, erect, geniculate, or prostrate, weak; internodes hairless. This grass is recognised by the beautiful braided awns of its spikes. Flowers are borne in racemes 6-15 cm long, 1-4, digitately inserted, curved, unilateral; axis flattened. Spikelets are 3-5 mm long, laterally compressed, wedge-shaped; upper glume often with a short sharp point; lemmas 1.5-2.5 mm long, 3-veined, awned, the awns 1-3 cm long, flexuous, bristly. Leaves are at base and stem; sheaths hairless, ribbed, collar white, margins membranous; blades 1-10 cm long, 2-3 mm wide, thread-like, convolute with a distinct constriction midlength, rising up, margins scabrous, tip attenuate. Slender Braid Grass is found in tropical Africa, Arabia to Pakistan, and India.

Identification credit: Manoj Cauhan Photographed in Morena, Madhya Padesh.

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