Japanese Lovegrass
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Japanese Lovegrass
A Native Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Japanese Lovegrass, Feather Lovegrass • Bengali: Shada fulka • Hindi: Bharbhusi • Manipuri: ꯀꯥꯡ ꯃꯄꯥꯜ কাংগ মপাল Kang mapal, ꯃꯩ ꯀꯥꯄꯤ মৈকাপী Meikapi • Nepali: बन्सो Banso
Botanical name: Eragrostis tenella    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Poa indica, Eragrostis laxa, Eragrostis plumosa

Japanese Lovegrass is a small densely clustered annual grass, with variable size, usually not much more than 50cm high. Leaves are 3-8 x 0.2-0.4 cm, linear-lanceshaped, base rounded, tip tapering, flat; sheaths to 4 cm long, with cluster of hairs at mouth; ligules membranous, fringed. Flowers are borne in panicles 6-15 cm long, pyramidal, lax or contracted. Spikelets are 1-3 x 1-1.5 mm, ovate or oblong-ovate, pale yellow, or pinkish, 4-8-flowered. Japanese Lovegrass is found in Africa and South Asia. Flowering: March-September.

Identification credit: Hari Venu Photographed in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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