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Published In: Narrative of an Expedition to Explore the River Zaire 478. 1818. (Narr. Exped. Zaire) Name publication detailView 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.: through-out most of the year.
Type: Type: Jamaica (LINN).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan & Punjab); tropical and South Africa, extending through Arabia and the Mascarene Islands to India; tropical America.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The woolly spike is usually distinctive, but sometimes the panicle shape may approach extreme forms of Eragrostis tenella; the cilia on the lemma-keel, though rather obscure, are then the surest means of determination. Eragrostis ciliaris also differs in the possession of only 2 stamens.

Specimens with the inflorescence reduced to an ovoid head have been separated as var. brachystachya, but they seem to be no more than a dwarfed form of arid habitats.

In sufficient quantity this grass affords good grazing.

Map Location: C-7 Attock dist.: Thatti, R.R. Stewart & E. Nasir 28502 (RAW); G-4 Karachi dist.: Karachi, A. Rahman Beg 24868 (K); Karachi, R.R. Stewart 24782 (K); Karachi University Campus, 10 June 1971, Sultanul Abedin s.n. (K); ibid., 22 December 1966, Y. Nasir s.n. (KUH); Drigh Road, A. Rahman Beg 25662 (K, RAW); Clifton, A. Rahman Beg 25667 (K); Dadu dist.: Thano Bula Khan, J.J. Norris 126 (RAW); G-5 Hyderabad dist.: Saran Lake, M. Qaiser, A. Ghafoor & Abrar Hussain 3750 (KUH); G-6 Tharparkar dist.: Budhesar, Nagarparkar, M. Qaiser, A. Ghafoor & Abrar Hussain 4128 (KUH).


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Tufted annual; culms 5-60 cm high, erect. Leaf-blades flat, up to 12 cm long and 5 mm wide. Panicle spike-like, but often ± lobed or interrupted, 1-20 cm long, woolly, the spikelets densely clustered. Spikelets 6-12-flowered, ovate, 2-4.5 mm long, fluffy, often purplish, breaking up from the apex, the rhachilla fragile; glumes lanceolate, subequal, 0.7-1.2 mm long, acute; lemmas oblong-elliptic, 0.9-1.5 mm long, the keels (at least in the upper lemmas) bearing a few short stiff hairs, otherwise smooth, broadly obtuse, more or less obscurely mucronate; paleakeels tuberculate-ciliate, the hairs 0.6-0.7 mm long, exceeding the width of the adjacent floret; anthers 2, 0.2 mm long. Caryopsis ellipsoid, 0.3-0.5 mm long.
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