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Published In: Enumeratio Plantarum Zeylaniae 357. 1864. (Enum. Pl. Zeyl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Type: Type locality: India
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab & Kashmir); Nepal, India, Burma, Sri Lanka; Java; Celebes; introduced (?) in Australia (Queensland).
Comment/Acknowledgements: Cattle are not fond of this grass because of its harsh texture, but they will eat it when it is young.
Map Location: B-7 Kashmir: Muzaffarabad, Jan Mohd. 97 (RAW); C-7 Rawalpindi dist.: Chattar Bagh, 4000', 20 August 1952, A. Rashid Khan s.n. (RAW); C-8 Kashmir: Rajaori, V. Jacquemont 1295 (K); D-7 Lyallpur dist.: Ravi Chenab doab, 1000', October 1846, T. Thomson s.n. (K).


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Robust perennial, 1-3 m high. Leaf-blade 15-85 cm long, 5-15 (-25) mm wide, scabrid above, harshly scabrid on the margins, the lower surface covered with brittle irritant hairs. Inflorescence a much-branched leafy panicle with clusters of branches subtended by leaf-like spathes, the individual racemes supported by spatheoles comprising an inflated obovate sheath bearing a blade reduced to an awn-like cusp. Racemes 2-4 cm long, male or male above with a solitary female spikelet (rarely a second present) at the base. Male spikelets solitary or paired, 6-9 (-10.5) mm long; female spikelet 5-6 mm long, oblong, pallid or white.
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