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Published In: Diagnoses Plantarum Orientalium Novarum, ser. 2 4: 131. 1859. (Diagn. Pl. Orient., ser. 2,) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
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Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: September-May.
Type: Type: Pakistan, Sind, J.E. Stocks 637 (G, K) misquoted by Boissier as Griffith 637.
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan, Punjab & N.W.F.P.); Kenya north to the Sudan and eastward to Northwest India.
Comment/Acknowledgements: This is a well defined species readily recognised by its small tufts of often rather glaucous leaves on spreading stolons, by its long anthers, and by the compact inflorescence of short falcate spikes. It is cosidered to be a good fodder grass.
Map Location: C-6 Bannu dist.: salt plains & rocks, A. Rahman Beg 25808 (K, RAW); Kohat dist.: deserts, Sadiq Masih 16 (K, KUH); Kurram dist.: Pezu towards Parachinar, A. Rahman Beg 25806 (K); C-7 Attock dist.: Dhok Pathan, R.R. Stewart & E. Nasir 27891 (RAW); Jhelum dist.: Kheora, 1000', Kabir 15103 (K); Ismail Wal, South Salt Range, 800', E. Nasir 3695 (RAW); D-4 Quetta dist.: Gumbaz to Barkhan, 1000 m, J. Lamond 1345 (K); D-5 Sibi dist.: Harnai, 3000', J.H. Lace 3478 (K); Loralai dist.: Gumbaz, K.H. Rechinger 29626 (K); D-6 D.G. Khan dist.: 21 miles from D.G. Khan on way to Fort Monro, Sultanul Abedin & Abrar Hussain 9639 (KUH); G-3 Las Bela dist.: D.N. McVean s.n. (K); G-4 Karachi dist.: Cliften, A. Rahman Beg 25668 (K); Manipur, near Karachi, W.T. Steam 11 (K); near Huh River, 8 February 1959, R.R. Stewart s.n. (RAW); Hawkes Bay, 30 September 1967, S.I. Ali & S.A. Faruqi, s.n. (KUH); Karachi University Campus, 23 December 1966, Y. Nasir s.n. (KUH); G-6 Tharparkar dist.: Nagarparkar, S.I. Ali, S.A. Faruqi & Sultanul Abedin 4507 (KUH); Nagarparkar, plains on way to Wirawa, M. Qaiser, A. Ghafoor & S. Abrar 4139 (KUH).


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Stoloniferous perennial forming extensive spreading mats; culms slender with swollen bases, 7-45 cm high, erect. Leaf-blades flat or loosely folded, tough and rather glaucous, 1-11 cm long, 1.5-3 mm wide, scattered papillose-hispid especially along the margins. Inflorescence composed of 34(5) slightly falcate oblong spikes 0.8-2 cm long forming a compact head, the spikes readily disarticulating at maturity from the top of the culm. Spikelets 3-9-flowered, broadly lanceolate to ovate, 4-8 mm long; glumes broadly elliptic in profile, the lower 1.7-2.5 mm long, the keel narrowly winged, the upper 1.5-2.3 mm long, the prominent scabrid keel extended into an awn half to as long as the glume; lemmas lanceolate in profile, 3-3.8 mm long, obtuse to acute with the scabrid keel extended into a mucro up to 0.8 mm long; palea-keels finely scabrid, unwinged; anthers 1.1-2 mm long. Grain 0.7-1 mm long, transversely rugose.
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