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  Alloteropsis semialata var. viatica
 
  Family: POACEAE/GRAMINEAE
  Citation:  Alloteropsis semialata (R.Br.) Hitch. var. viatica (Griff.) Ellis & Karthik., Journ. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 70: 594. 1973; Sreek. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Kerala Grasses 215. 1991. Aira viatica Griff., Not. 3: 54. 1851.
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  Description: Perennial herbs, culms 50-120 cm high, tufted, erect, base woolly with remnant leaf sheaths; nodes densely bearded. Leaves lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 5-30 x 0.3-0.8 cm, narrowed and tapering at base, green or glaucous; sheaths bearded at mouth, basal ones densely woolly hairy with remnant bases; ligules thin, truncate, membranous, fimbriate. Racemes 3-5, digitate or subdigitate, 5-12 cm long. Rhachis and pedicels hairy. Spikelets ovate-elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, 5-6 mm long; lower glume ovate-lanceolate, 4-5 x 1-2 mm, acuminate, shortly aristate, chartaceous, 3-5-nerved, margins ciliate; upper glume ovate-lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, 5-6 x 2 mm, acuminate, aristate, chartaceous, 5-nerved, 2-keeled; keels long ciliate. Lower floret male. Upper floret bisexual; first lemma ovate-lanceolate, 5-6 x 1.5-2 mm, coriaceous or crustaceous, 3-5 nerved; palea deeply notched, c. 1 mm, delicate; second lemma elliptic-lanceolate, 5-6 x 1-2 mm, aristate, coriaceous, 3-5-nerved, arista 3-4 mm long; palea oblong-lanceolate, 4-5 x 1-1.5 mm, subcoriaceous or chartaceous, 2-keeled.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-June
  District(s): Kozhikkode
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  Habitat: Along margins of forests
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  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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  Localities: Pavagada
   
 
   
 
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