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  Themeda arguens (L.) Hack.
  Family Name : Poaceae (Gramineae)

  Synonyms : Themeda frondosa, Stipa arguens

  Common Names : Christmas Grass, Lesser Tasselgrass

 
Christmas Grass,Lesser Tasselgrass
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Grass & Grass-like Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Annual
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Maximum Height :
      0.2 m to 1.2 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Australia, Southeast Asia, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Annual grass forming tufts or tight clusters which grow up to 1–3 m high. 
      Foliage: Narrowly linear leaves (5-30 cm long, 4-7 mm wide) form dense, fan-like clusters at the nodes. The base of the leaf is rounded, while the tip narrows to a long point (known as acuminate). Leaves are flat or folded along the midrib. The leaf margin is hairless or lined with long, white hairs along the lower half of the leaf.
      Stems: Culms are erect and slender. 
      Flowers: Compound inflorescence is composed of multiple racemes (a spike-like inflorescence with stalked spikelets). Each raceme produces 3 spikelets, only 1 of which is fertile and the rest are sterile.
      Etymology :
      Genus Themeda is derived from an Arabic vernacular name, thaemed, which means a depression in which water remains after rain and drying up during summer. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water

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