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Thintail or Lepturus is a grass genus belonging to Poaceae family

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Thintail or Lepturus is a grass genus belonging to the Poaceae family.

Overview of Thintail or Lepturus

• The related monotypic genus Hainardia was incorporated in Lepturus earlier.
• Species within this genus are seen in tropical or subtropical ecosystems.
• They are found on certain islands like Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea.
• It belongs to the tribe Leptureae.
• The validity of this group requires verification.
• The plant can grow up to a height of 0.2m.
• The plant spreads to a width of 2m.
• It should be grown in a sunny and warm location.
• It can be grown in a sheltered spot or can be kept in a pot.
• During summer adequate water should be provided to the plant.
• This is especially when there are prolonged dry periods.
• This way there is increased summer growth for the plant.
• These are perennials.
• Inflorescence is in a single cylindrical raceme.
• Spikelets are all alike.
• They are arranged alternately and borne edgeways on and embedded in hollows.
• Spikelet is 1-flowered and has a rhachilla extension.
• They are dorsally flattened.
• Lower glume is minute.
• It is well-developed in the terminal spikelet.
• The upper glume is 5-12-nerved.
• It is appressed to the rhachis.
• It covers the sunken floret.
• It is acute to caudately awned.
• Lemma is 3-nerved and membranous.

Some of the selected species are:
• Lepturus calcareus
• Lepturus pulchellus
• Lepturus repens – Pacific Island Thintail

Scientific Classification of Thintail or Lepturus

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Subfamily : Chloridoideae
• Tribe : Leptureae
• Genus : Lepturus

Growing/Caring conditions

• This is an incredibly easily grown plant.
• It succeeds in well-drained soils.
• It prefers moderately fertile soil.
• It grows well in a sunny position.
• It should be grown in a warm location.
• It can be grown in a sheltered spot or can be kept in a pot.
• It can tolerate very acid soils.
• This plant is a very common garden weed.
• It usually does not require cultivation.
• This is an essential food plant for the caterpillars of numerous species of butterfly.
• It is seen growing in close cut lawns.
• The seed drops very readily in the plant and hence is difficult to harvest.
• But this way the seed is spread effortlessly.
• A lot of the species are very important pasture plants.
• They are used extensively by grazing livestock.

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