Paspalidium flavidum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Paspalidium flavidum (Retz.) A.Camus
  • Synonyms : Panicum flavidum Retz.
  • Common Name : Yellow Watercrown Grass, Zinko Samo
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 26, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Punit Van

About Paspalidium flavidum Plant :

  • Habit : An annual grass with stem compressed, leafy, branches from the decumbent base.
  • Leaves : Bifarious, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, or ligulate with a rounded tip, sheats compressed, lower tumid, smooth hairy.
  • Inflorescence and Flowers :
    • Spikes few or many, distant.
    • Spikelets 2-20, very pale sessile.
    • Glumes membranous, white with green nerves, third glume neuter or male, fourth glume sometimes almost orbicular, white or brownish, very minutely rough.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
  • Significance :
    • The grass is considered to be an excellent fodder and the grain is collected and eaten in times of scarcity.
    • The leaves and roots are said to be slightly cyanogenetic.