Ochlandra ebracteata Raizada & chatterji

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Height : 4.6m

Diameter : 1.9-3.8cm

Culm Color : Green

Internode Length : 45.7cm

Culm Sheath Color : 13-15 cm long excluding the blade, 6-11 cmbroad, covered with many appressed,chocolate-brown to black subulate hairs;blade 12-15 cm long, 1.5-2 cm broad,lanceolate-acuminate; ligule 5-9 mm long.

Length of Leaf : 40-50 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 6-11 cm

Shape of Leaf : oblong-lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Native to : Kerala

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : flagellatespike of sub-verticillate to verticillate clustersof sessile spikelets with a few comparativelylarge fertile spikelets mixed with smallersterile ones. Fertile spikelets 2.5-3 cm long0.5-0.7 cm broad, cylindro-conical, smooth,shining, glabrous. Sterile glumes 2-4, 0.6-1.3 cm long in flower, 1.3-1.8 in fruit, fertile glume 1.75 cm long in flower,2.5-3 cm in fruit. Palea slightly shorter than fertile lemma, thinner in texture, lodicules 4. Stamens numerous,monadelphous; anthers 10-15 mm long; ovary very small, dorsally compressed, somewhat spherical; styles fused into along and thick rostrum surmounted by 7-9 plumose, spirally twisted stigmas.

Flowering Reported : South Kerala (1987,1988,1992)

Propagation : Seeds, culm cutting

Uses: Pulp and paper, baskets, mats, feed

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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