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Himalayan Fiveminute Grass
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Himalayan Fiveminute Grass
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Himalayan Fiveminute Grass
Botanical name: Tripogon purpurascens    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Tripogon hookerianus, Tripogon submuticus

Himalayan Fiveminute Grass is a clustered perennial grass with culms simple, erect, slender, 9-50 cm high. Leaf-blades are thread-like, convolute, 5-15 cm long. Flower-spikes are 3-17 cm long, straight or somewhat curved. Spikelets are 2-5-flowered, 3.5-7.5 mm long; lower glume 1-nerved, narrow, 1.5-2.5(3) mm long; upper glume 1-nerved, lanceshaped, 2.6-4.5 mm long; lowest lemma 2.4-3.6 mm long, flat and 2-toothed at the tip with a minute awn from between the teeth, the lateral nerves sometimes minutely excurrent; callus bearded in front. Himalayan Fiveminute Grass is found from Afghanistan to the Himalayas, Bhutan to China and Thailand, at altitudes of 700-2400 m. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: Vinod Gosavi Photographed in Barvi, Badlapur, Maharashtra.

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