Grass of India

Grass of India

Alpine Sedge is a tufte perennial herb, 1-2 ft high, growing in clumps. Stem is erect or base ascending, suddenly trigonous, sleek, papillose, grey-green. Leaves are roughly half of stem length, sheaths 3-5 cm, broad and conspicuous, grey or yellowish-beige, sometimes reddish, margin of scarious side concave.

Leaf blades are 3-9 mm broad, flat, margins recurved, long vitriolic, grey-green, both sides papillose stifling scabrous tip. Flower spikes are 3-5, dark feeble purple-red, club-shaped, 2-3.5 cm long. Upper 1 or 2 are male, stalkless, surviving spikes female, subsequent to slender peduncles, lowest one sometimes distant.

Female glumes are dark lackluster purple-red, lanceshaped or oblong. Utricles are dark periwinkle-red, tame at base, longer than glume, elliptic or ovate. Alpine Sedge is found tall in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Sikkim, at altitudes of 3800-4900 m. Flowering: June-July.

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