STUDENT NAME: Keenisha Kannan.
COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore.
SPECIMEN COLLECTED FROM: University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore on 18th June 2019.
SPECIMEN: Purple fountain grass, Teff grass and Swollen finger grass.
SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 21st June 2018.
Grasses are monocotyledons and belong to the family Gramineae. Leaves from these herbaceous plants appear as blades, with parallel veins.
I observed three different types of grass under the foldscope
Purple fountain grass
Scientific name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’. It was first introduced as an ornamental plant which grows fast in any conditions. It is drought tolerant. The flowers of this grass has many purple, plumose flower spikes.
Scientific name: Eragrostis tef. It is an annual grass cultivated mostly in the western countries for its edible seeds. It is also one of the earliest plants to be domesticated. A common weed found everywhere.
Swollen Finger grass
Scientific name: Chloris barbata. It is a graminoid species of plant in the family of true grasses. It can grow upto 90cm tall and can withstand drought.