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Chloris (Windmill Grass or Finger Grass)

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Chloris (Windmill Grass or Finger Grass)

Chloris (Greek for green). Gramineae. Finger Grass.

Usually perennial grasses. with flat leaves and attractive inflorescence: spikelets 1-flowered, awned, sessile in two rows along one side of a continuous rachis, forming unilateral spikes, these usullay several together, and digitate at the apex of the culm. Species about 40, widely distributed through the warmer countries of the world. Several are cultivated for ornament.

C. elegans: An erect perennial 2-3 feet high, with slightly inflated sheaths, flat blades and 8-12 silky-bearded spikes, clustered or umbellate at the apex of the culms. In cultivated as an ornamental grass. Annual in the northern states.

C. truncata: A perennial with jointed, creeping culms. Sheaths compressed and hairy at the apex. Inflorescence consisting of digitate spikes, widely
spreading; the spikelets 2-flowered and long-awned. Austral. In cultivation as an ornamental grass.

C. verticillata: Windmill Finger Grass. A low, spreading perennial with upright culms 6-20 inches high. The dark brown, awned spikelets are arranged on slender spikes, which are in whorls near the summit of the culm. Both flower-glumes and empty-glumes awned. It is a good turf-former, and is spoken of by some as a good grazing grass, and one not easily trampled out. The arrangement of the spikes gives it an odd and pleasing appearance making it useful as an ornamental species for gardens. The cultivated form is an improvement on the type.

C. polydactyla: A West Indian species which has been found in southern Florida. It is attractive and has long and graceful spikes.

C. gacilis: a native of Central America and Mexico. It is another species occasionally cultivated for ornament.

C. pelriza: Found along the coast from Florida to North Carolina, is as attractive as many of the grasses grown in gardens as ornamentals.

C. glauca: Is a handsome species, well-deserving the attention of  the florist, and is found growing in brackish
marshes and along the borders of cypress swamps.

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