Acrachne racemosa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Acrachne racemosa (B. Heyne ex Roth) Ohwi
  • Synonyms : Eleusine racemosa B. Heyne ex Roth
  • Common Name : Chinkhe, Jaura
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Acrachne racemosa Plant :

  • Habit : A grass with culms erect, round, smooth.
  • Leaves : Bifarious
  • Inflorescence and Flowers :
    • Spikelets, numerous, panicled.
    • Panicle erect, oblong, composed of many verticilled, expanding, round, sessile, linear spikes. Spikelets imbricated in two rows on the underside of the spikes.
    • Calyx from 8-12 flowered, corol-like.
    • Corol, exterior valve ending in a long dagger, inner valve membranaceous.
  • Fruit : Seeds oblong, wrinkled, arilled.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
  • Significance :
    • The grain is eaten largely by poor classes, it is not considered to be very wholesome.
    • The straw is excellent fodder for cattle and is said to improve by keeping.
    • It is asserted that the grain is never attacked by insects.
    • The plant is used for purifying blood and in piles.