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Published In: Kew Bulletin 4: 175. 1949. (Kew Bull.) Name publication detail

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Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: April (Punjab); July-August (N.W.F.P., Gilgit & Kashmir).
Type: Type: Tanzania, Pospischil (B).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Punjab, N.W.F.P., Gilgit & Kashmir); Nepal and the western Himalayas; eastern Africa from Ethiopia and Somalia to the Cape.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The longer racemes, seen in Africa, tend to be associated with a large but parallel-side, lowermost pedicel, and may indicate introgression from Cymbopogon commutatus
Map Location: A-7 Gilgit Agency: Phakora, Sh, Ali 84 (K); A-8 Gilgit Agency: Nagar to Minipin, 7-8000', R. R. Stewart 26648 (K, RAW); B-7 Swat dist.: Madian, c.5000', R.J. Rodin 5535 (K, RAW); ibid., R.R. Stewart 24438 (K); Hazara dist.: Malkandi, J.F.Duthie 22655(K); B-8 Kashmir: Srinagar, W. Gollan 9114 (K); B-8 Gilgit Agency: Karagh, c.5 miles from Gilgit, A. Ghafoor & Z. L. Butt 741 (KUH); B-9 Baltistan: Astor Valley, 6000', J.F. Duthie 12301 (K,KUH); C-7 Rawalpindi dist.: 25 miles N of Rawalpindi, 2000', H. S. Gentry 14022 (K); G-4 Karachi dist.: P.E.C.H.S., Karachi, 8 October 1967,Khush Gul sn. (KUH).


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Perennial; culms wiry, erect or ± geniculately ascending, up to 100 cm high. Leaf-blades flat or folded, 15-30 cm long, 1-4 mm wide, glaucous, narrowed at the base, attenuate to a filiform tip; basal sheaths persistent, thinly pubescent. False panicle 10-30 cm long, with few racemes, erect or nodding; spatheoles narrowly elliptic up to 3 cm long. Racemes 12-35 mm long (up to 22 mm long in Asia), lowest pedicel not swollen; internodes and pedicels ciliate along the margins, glabrous on the back. Sessile spikelet narrowly lanceolate, 4.5-7 mm long (up to 5.5 or 6 mm long in Asia); lower glume concave below the middle or sometimes ± flat; upper lemma deeply bifid, with an awn 10-20 mm long. Chromosome number, 2n=40.
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