Himalayan Fountain Grass
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Himalayan Fountain Grass
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Himalayan Fountain Grass, Flaccidgrass • Hindi: Phark, फिरकी Phirki
Botanical name: Pennisetum flaccidum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Himalayan Fountain Grass is is a tufted perennial grass with thick tough rhizomes. Stems are branched at the base, 30-120 cm high, erect. Leaf-blades are linear, 5-40 cm long, 4-13 mm wide, flat or folded. Sheaths are neither strongly keeled (but the lowest may be weakly keeled) nor conspicuously imbricate. Flowers are borne in linear panicles, 4-22 cm long. Involucre encloses 1-4 spikelets, one of them stalkless and bisexual, the others shortly stalked and male (but scarcely different in appearance). Spikelets are lanceshaped, 4.5-6.5 mm long. Himalayan Fountain Grass is found in the Himalayas, from Jammu and Kashmir, Nepal to Tibet, at altitudes of 1700-4300 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Gulmarg, Kashmir.
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