Tragus mongolorum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Tragus mongolorum Ohwi
  • Synonyms : Tragus roxburghii Panigrahi
  • Common Name : Vandariyun Ghas
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Van Chetana Kendra

About Tragus mongolorum Plant :

  • Habit : A grass with stem tufted, leafy below, simple or branched, the branches densely leafy, geniculate, ascending from a decumbent base or wholly decumbent, nodes glabrous.
  • Leaves :
    • Variable in length, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, flat, very glaucous, ciliate, striate, lowest sheaths short, broad, pale.
    • The intermediate ones more or less herbaceous, the upper most tumid, ligule a slender ciliate rim.
  • Inflorescence and Flowers :
    • A cylindric spike-like panicle, rachis slender, straight, pubescent.
    • Spikelets 0.3 cm long.
    • Glumes 3 or 2, lower involucral glume very minute, hyaline.
    • Upper involucral glume slightly curved, involute, enveloping the floral glume, strongly 5-ribbed, with rows of stout hooked spines along the ribs, thin between the ribs, floral glume solitary, oblong-lanceolate, shortly apiculate.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
  • Significance : This grass is said to be nutritious and much grazed in the rains.