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  Fimbristylis argentea
 
  Family: CYPERACEAE
  Citation:  Fimbristylis argentea (Rottb.) Vahl, Enum. Pl. 2: 294. 1805; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 640. 1893; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1659(1151). 1931; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 325. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 448. 1984; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 427. 1985; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 874. 1990; Rejani, Cyperac. Kerala 303. 1991; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 494. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 365. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 780. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 491. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 328. 1999; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 771. 2009; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 375. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 779. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 543. 2005. Scirpus argenteus Rottb., Desc. Nov. Pl. 51. t. 17, f. 6. 1773.
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  Description: Annuals, 5-10 cm tall; culms tufted, compressed, trigonous, glabrous. Leaves basal, 3-10 x 0.1 cm, linear, flat, margins involute; sheaths 5-12 mm long, laterally compressed, straw-coloured, lower ones bladeless, mouth oblique, membranous with dark brown spots; ligule absent. Inflorescence terminal, capitate, 1-2 cm across; bracts 2-3, the largest to 4 cm long. Spikelets 5-8 x 1-1.5 mm, oblong-cylindric, obtuse, brown; rachilla narrowly winged. Glumes spiral, 1-1.5 mm long, ovate, concave, acute at apex, keeled, 3-nerved, yellowish, margins hyaline. Stamen 1; anthers c. 0.5 mm, oblong. Style c. 1 mm long, linear, thickened at base, sparsely ciliate at top; stigma 2. Nut c. 0.5 mm, obovoid, obscurely vertically striate, biconvex, yellowish.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-December
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Wet or moist sandy grounds, grasslands and in rice fields
  Distribution: South and South East Asia
  Aquatic: Yes
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
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  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Altitude: 500-750
  Localities: Athirapally, Kattalappara, Rosemala, Champakkad, Thekkady, Thunakkadavu, Tiruvalla, Kakadavu, Pallippuram, Canoli, Nedumkayam, Karimpuzha, Attayar
   
 
   
 
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