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Published In: Systema Vegetabilium, editio decima sexta 2: 576. 1817. (Syst. Veg. [Sprengel]) 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.: March-September.
Type: Type: India (LINN).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Punjab & Kashmir); throughout the tropics.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Eragrostis tenella is eaten by cattle both fresh and dry. The grain is said to be very nutritious.
Map Location: C-7 Jhelum dist.: c.10 miles from Jhelum on way to Pindi, M. Qaiser 3539 (K); Rawalpindi dist.: Rawalpindi, 1700', R.R. Stewart 23346 (K); Gordon College, Rawalpindi, 1700', R.R. Stewart 21465 (K, RAW); Panjar, R.R. Stewart 28567 (RAW); Kashmir: Nala deb, Mirpur, 21 September 1953, A. Rashid Khan s.n. (RAW); G-4 Karachi dist.: Ghandi Gardens, Karachi, 30 September 1966, Khadija Aziz s.n. (KUH).


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Delicate tufted annual; culms 6-50 cm high, erect or geniculately ascending. Leaf-blades flat, up to 9 cm long and 4 mm wide. Panicle elliptic or pyramidal (but in var. insularis C.E. Hubbard in Kew Bull. 1939: 654. 1939, which has not yet been found in Pakistan, the panicle is linear and slender), 2-14 cm long, open, hairy in the axils or not, the branches spreading and bearing oblong yellowish glands but not sticky. Spikelets 4-8-flowered, oblong-ovate, 1.5-2.5 mm long, breaking up from the apex, the rhachilla fragile; glumes ovate to narrowly ovate, subequal, 0.5-1 mm long, acute; lemmas ovate-oblong, 0.7-1 mm long, smooth or scaberulous, broadly obtuse; palea-keels ciliate with hairs 0.1-0.3 mm long, normally shorter than the width of the adjacent floret; anthers 3, 0.2 mm long. Caryopsis ellipsoid, 0.5 mm long.
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