Dinebra retroflexa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Dinebra retroflexa (Vahl) Panz.
  • Synonyms : Cynosurus retroflexus Vahl, Dinebra arabica Jacq.
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Dinebra retroflexa Plant :

  • Habit : An annual grass with stem tufted, stout or slender, erect or geniculately ascending, leafy throughout and nodes glabrous.
  • Leaves : Linear, finely acuminate, flaccid, glabrous or sparsely hairy, contracted at the insertion, sheaths thin, loose, glabrous ligule a narrow lacerate membrane.
  • Inflorescence and Flowers :
    • Spikes mostly arranged along the axis of an inflorescence, alternate, single or in fascicles of 2 or 3 together, rachis-dorsally flattened, ventrally trigonous.
    • Spikelets alternate, sessile, involucral glumes lanceolate, hyaline, keeled with slightly recurved minutely scaberulous awns, the lower involucral glume shorter than the upper.
    • Floral glumes ovate-oblong, trigonous, pale brown.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August
  • Significance :
    • The grass is considered to be an excellent fodder for cattle, particularly buffaloes, when fed green it is reported to increase the flow of milk.
    • It is not suitable for making hay of for ensilage.