Sacciolepis interrupta

Botanical Name : Sacciolepis interrupta
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
ingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales
Supertribe: Panicodae
Tribe: Paniceae
Genus: Sacciolepis

Synonyms:

Common Names: Polla kala, Cupscale grass, Nardual.

Habitat : Sacciolepis interrupta is native to Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Tanzania to Botswana, China (Yunnan) to Tropical Asia.It grows mainly on wet land.It is distributed on tropics of South East Asia and Africa.

Growing Localities: Sivaloda, Swamikkayam, Chalakkudy, Guruvayur, Konni, Ranni, Manjeswar, Taliparamba, Cheruvathur, Thekkadi, Olavakkot, Pulimath, Thakarapramba, Ayiramthengu, Alleppey town, Nedumudy, Pulinkunnu, Vandanam, Nedumkayam, Karimpuzha, Thekara-Mannarghat, Thenma

Description:
Sacciolepis interrupta is an annuals grass. It’s main culms 25-90 cm long, erect, creeping or geniculate, spongy and floating, rooting at the nodes below; nodes glabrous. Leaves 5-30 x 0.3-1.2 cm, lanceolate or linear, base rounded, apex acute or acuminate; sheaths to 16 cm long; ligules ovate, membranous. Panicles 4-25 cm long, spiciform, interrupted. Spikelets 3-5 mm long, ovate-lanceolate. Lower glume 1-1.5 x 1 mm, ovate-oblong. Upper glume 3-5 x 1-2 mm, ovate-lanceolate. Lower floret male or barren. Upper floret bisexual. First lemma similar to the upper glume. Palea 2-3 mm olong, oblong, hyaline. Second lemma 2-3 x 1-1.5 mm, ovate-oblong, subcoriaceous. Palea 2-3 mm long, elliptic, 2-keeled, hyaline. Stamens 3; anthers violet. Stigmas pink. Grains c. 2 mm long, ovoid. It is flowring & fruiting throughout the year.

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Edible Uses: The seeds are used as femene food.

Medicinal Uses: Plant decoction with common salt is given for the treatment of stone in gall-bladder by the Lodhas.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacciolepis
http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:420088-1
http://www.crdeepjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Vol-3-3-1-IJBAS.pdf
http://keralaplants.in/keralaplantsdetails.aspx?id=Sacciolepis_interrupta

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