Ochlandra talboti Brandis

Habit

Height : 3-6m

Diameter : 1.2-1.8 cm

Internode Length : 40cm

Culm Sheath Color : smooth, striate, ciliate on the margin, rounded with two smallciliate auricles at the tip; blade subulate, acuminate, hairy within at the base; ligule short.

Length of Leaf : 20-26 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 3-3.5 cm

Shape of Leaf : lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Habitat : Rain forests

Introduced to : Karnataka(Coorg,North canara)

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : terminal or axillaryspike, 10-20 cm long. Spikelets 2-6, 1-3 cm long in half whorls which are 2 cm apart at the base and congested at the topof the rachis; fertile spikelets ovoid, cylindric, few. Empty glumes 3-4, 1-1.9 cm long, broadly ovate, acute, spinous,mucronate with spreading white hairs at the tip. Lemma larger, acute, 2.8 cm long; palea similar to lemma; lodicules6-7, linear. Stamen 26-40, exserted, pendulous; filaments long, slender; anther linear, sagittate at the base. Ovaryprolonged into a slender style, 2 cm long and surmounted by 5 plumose stigmas.

Flowering Reported : Nort Canara(1896), Karnataka, Virajpet(1994)

Uses: Baskets, mats

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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