Setaria intermedia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Setaria intermedia Roem & Schult
  • Synonyms : Setaria tomentosa (Roxb.) Kunth.
  • Common Name : Kutela, Chiktu, Chikaniu
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Gramineae became Poaceae. However, the name Gramineae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Setaria intermedia Plant :

  • Habit : An annual grass with culms, ascending, compressed towards the base, branchy from 30-45 cm high.
  • Leaves : Soft, covered with much long, soft hair, sheaths half the length of the joints, mouth bearded.
  • Inflorescence and Flowers :
    • Spikes compound, terminal, consisting of ten or twelve, (generally alternate though sometimes in pairs) spikelets of 6 or 8 flowers, intermixed with hispid bristles, they are not placed on one side, but round the common rachis, which is generally 3-sided.
    • Calyx, the two interior valves five-nerved, the second, half the length of the carol.
    • Carol has a third neuter valve.
    • Seed transversely wrinkled.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
  • Significance : The grass is reported to be liked by the cattle.