Himalayan Cat Tail
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Himalayan Cat Tail
A Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Cat Tail, Himalayan Timothy
Botanical name: Phleum himalaicum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Phleum arenarium var. thomsonii

Himalayan Cat Tail is an annual grass with stems 8-35 cm high, usually erect. Leaf-blades are up to 13 cm long, 1.5-4 mm wide, hairless; upper sheaths slightly inflated; ligule 1.5-3 mm long, blunt. Flower-panicles are 1-6.5 cm long, 5-13 mm wide, ovoid or oblong, pale green. Spikelets 2.5-4 mm long (including awns); glumes gradually narrowed into a short awn, rough on the sides, stiffly fringed with hairs on the keel, softly hairy on the margins especially above; awn 0.3-0.5 mm long; lemma a third to half. the length of the glumes, 5-nerved, velvet-hairy; anthers 0.5 mm long. Himalayan Cat Tail is found in Afghanistan to W. Himalaya, at altitudes up to 3300 m. Flowering: April-July.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran, J.M. Garg Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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