Molineria capitulata (Palm grass) (Hypoxidaceae)

The Palm grass is a lily-like rainforest plant that is widely grown for its foliage. It can be rather non-descript at first glance and the common name seems to do it little justice, since it is nowhere closely related to palms, nor to grasses for that matter. Having said this, M. capitulata does look like a palm seedling or a very robust grass. It was in fact part of the Lily family (Liliaceae) until the family got torn apart into a bunch of different families. Now the Palm grass is under an unfamiliar sounding family called the Hypoxidaceae.

Molineria capitulata (palm grass)

The flowers of M. capitulata are not very conspicuous unless you assume the attitude of a botanist (which usually means face to the ground and butt up in the air). At the base of the plant there is a bunch very attractive yellow flowers arranged in a cluster (a capitula), hence the species epithet. The species was also previously known as Curculigo capitulata.

Molineria capitulata (palm grass)

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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