Garhwal Reedgrass
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Garhwal Reedgrass
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Garhwal Reedgrass
Botanical name: Calamagrostis emodensis    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Calamagrostis garhwalensis

Garhwal Reedgrass is a very handsome grass with broad leaves and silvery panicle. It is a tufted perennial with creeping rhizomes. Stems (stems) are about 3-4 ft stall, erect, stout, smooth or slightly rough beneath the panicle. Leaf-blades are up to 55 cm long, 8-20 mm wide, flat, arough above. Ligule is 1-3 mm long, blunt. Panicle is nodding, ovate to lanceolate, 13-35 cm long, lax, pale or faintly tinged with purple. Spikelets are 5-8 mm long, the rhachilla sometimes shortly prolonged; glumes subequal or unequal, subulate-lanceolate, smooth or scaberulous only on the keel. Callus hairs are 2-3 times the length of the floret. Garhwal Reedgrass is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan and W. China, at altitudes of 2900-3700 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: H.B. Naithani Photographed in the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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