Spodiopogon rhizophorus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Spodiopogon rhizophorus (Steud.) Pilg.
  • Synonyms : Andropogon rhizophorus Steud.
  • 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 Spodiopogon rhizophorus Plant :

  • Habit : A weak struggling tufted branched annual with stem very slender, much branched, leafy.
  • Leaves : Flaccid, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 1-nerved, usually suddenly narrowed into a slender petiole, ligule oblong, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence and Flowers :
    • Panicle at first enclosed in a long narrow spathaceous leaf-sheath, rachis compressed, ciliate. Spikelets lanceolate, one pedicellate, the other sessile, spathulate, flattened, ciliate.
    • Glumes 4, involucral glumes equal, ovate-lanceolate, finely mucronate, silky-hairy, 1-nerved, lower floral glume truncate, hyaline, upper floral glume 0.4 cm long, deeply divided at the apex into 2 very acute lobes. Awn 1.2 cm long, slender.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - January