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Published In: Monographiae Phanerogamarum 6: 669. 1889. (Monogr. Phan.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per. June-October.
Type: Type: India, Wallich 8773 (K).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan, Punjab, N.W.F.P. & Kashmir). Afghanistan eastwards through the western Himalays.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Themeda anathera shows a great deal of variation in the indumentum of the spikelets. The involucral spikelets may be glabrous (var. glabrescens), or they may have submarginal tubercle-based hairs (var. submarginata of Grasses W. Pak. 1:126, original source unknown), or they may be dorsally tuberculate-ciliate (var. hirsute). Similarly the sessile and pedicelled spikelets may be puberulous or almost glabrous to densely tuberculate-ciliate especially on the margins; they may be the same or one hairy and the other not (the pedicelled spikelets do not necessarily lack the tubercle-based hairs as reported in Grasses W. Pak. 1:126).

Themeda anathera is a good fodder grass.

Illustration: Themeda anathera (Nees) Hack. (Illustration)
Map Location: B-6 Dir dist.: Lowari Pass to Dir,6 August 1954, M.A. Siddiqi & A. Rahman Beg s.n. (RAW); B-7 Hazara dist.: Kagan Valley, M. Inayat Khan 20363(K); Khanpur, R.R. Stewart 28904, 28906 (RAW); near P.W.D. Rest House, Kagan, Sultanul Abedin & M. Qaiser 8873 (KUH); Swat dist.: Chakdara, S.A. Hariss 16770 (K); Kashmir: Jhelum Valley, J.L. Stewart 885(K); B-8 Kashmir: Kangan, Sind Valley, 6000'. 9 August 1891, G.A. Gammie s.n. (K); Sind Valley, 7500', C.B. Clarke 30937 (K); C-7 Rawalpindi dist.: Margalla, A. Rahman Beg 24867 (K); ibid., R.R.Stewart 9556 (K); Topi Park, 1700', R.R. Stewart 18001 (RAW); Sargodha dist.: Sakesar, Kabir 14504 (K); Jhelum dist:: Chakwal, Kabir 14754 (K); near foot of Mt. Tilla, 1500', R.R. Stewart 801 (RAW); Kashmir.: Kotli, A. Rashid Khan 386 (K); C-8 Kashmir.: Rajaori, V. Jacquemont 1360(K); D-5 Loralai dist.: about 5 miles from Rakni on way to Dera Ghazi Khan, M. Qaiser 2553 (KUH),


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Densely tufted perennial with creeping rhizome; culms 30-120 cm high, erect or geniculately ascending. Leaf-blades flat, up to 30 cm long and 4 mm wide. False panicle 20-30 cm long, compound, loose, the racemes solitary or paired; spatheole 1.5-2 cm long, usually tinged with grey, red or purple, glabrous; raceme containing 2-4 fertile spikelets. Homogamous pairs separated by a short intemode 03-1 mm long; lower glume lanceolate, 5-8 mm long, glabrous to sparsely or densely tuberculate-ciliate. Sessile spikelet 5-7 mm long, dorsally compressed, with a blunt bearded callus c.l mm long; lower glume puberulous or subglabrous to tuberculate-ciliate especially on the keels; upper lemma lanceolate, hyaline, awnless. Pedicelled spikelet 6-8 mm long including the callus, puberulous to tuberculate-ciliate on the keels.
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