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Published In: Enumeratio Plantarum . . . 2: 395. 1805. (Enum. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: August-January and again in April.
Type: Type: Arabia, Forsskal (C).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Punjab & N.W.F.P); tropical East Africa, through Arabia to India; introduced in several tropical countries.
Comment/Acknowledgements: This species is very common throughout the plains and the lower hills and is considered a very fine fodder grass.
Illustration: Cenchrus setiger Vahl (Illustration)
Map Location: C-6 Kohat dist.: Thal, Sadiq Masih 8 (K, KUH); C-7 Attock dist.: Khairabad, near Attock Bridge, c. 300 m, R.R. Stewart 27831 (K, KUH); Rawalpindi dist.: Riwat, D. Podlech 10142 (K); Topi Park, 1700', R.R. & I.D. Stewart 15119 (RAW); C-8 Sialkot dist.: Sialkot, 1000', R.R. Stewart 15063 (KUH); D-7 Lyallpur dist.: Sangla Hill, R.R. Stewart 1382 (K), 1392, 1477 (RAW); D-8 Lahore dist.: 1846, T. Thomson s.n. (K); ibid., July 1934, Sultan Ahmad s.n. (RAW); F-4 Dadu dist.: Manchar Lake, Shah Hasan, S.A. Faruqi & Sultanul Abedin 407, 408 (KUH); G-4 Karachi dist.: between Damloti and Khadeji, J. Lamond 739 (K); Mangopir, S.I. Ali et al. 359 (KUH); G-5 Hyderabad dist.: Matiani, 25 Km N of Hyderabad, D. Podlech 10076 (K); Tando Jam, J.J. Norris 17 (RAW); Tharparkar dist.: 14 miles from Mithi on way to Diplo, M. Qaiser, A. Ghafoor & Abrar Hussain 3730 (KUH); G-6 Tharparkar dist.: Nagar Parkar Hills, M, Qaiser A. Ghafoor & Abrar Hussain 4065 (K, KUH), 4508 (KUH).


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Perennial, forming clumps from a ± bulbous base; culms 5-80 cm high, geniculately ascending. Leaf-blades 2-20 cm long, 2-7 mm wide. Panicle 2-12 cm long; involucres cup-shaped, 3-7 mm long; inner spines short, flattened, connate for a quarter to half their length to form a cup, glabrous or obscurely puberulous and grooved on the face, occasionally sparsely ciliate on the margins, green to dark purple, antrorsely scaberulous, narrowly triangular at the tip; outer spines few, short, often suppressed, rarely almost as long as the inner. Spikelets 1-3 per burr, 3-5 mm long.
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