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Eulalia Kunth, Rev. Gram. 1:160. 1829. Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 52. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:335. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:85. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 153. 1960.

Tufted perennials, rarely annuals. Leaf-blades linear; ligule short, membranous, densely ciliate. Inflorescence composed of 1-20 subdigitate racemes, terminal on the culm, the common axis (if present) short in relation to the long slender racemes; racemes conspicuously hairy, bearing paired similar spikelets; internodes and pedicels linear. Spikelets dorsally compressed, the callus obtuse; lower glume firmly cartilaginous to subcoriaceous, flat across the back with the margins sharply inflexed, sometimes 2-keeled towards the tip, usually without inter-carinal nerves, often obtuse or truncate, rarely bibbed or 2-awned; upper glume usually awnless; lower floret reduced to a cartilaginous or hyaline lemma, sometimes suppressed; upper lemma hyaline, linear to cordate, bidentate or deeply bifid, with a glabrous (rarely puberulous) awn from the sinus, pales small or absent; stamens 3; caryopsis oblong.

A genus of about 30 species in the Old World tropics; 1 species occurs in Pakistan.

Eulaliopsis mollis (Griseb.) O. Ktze., which has very long, silky white callus hairs concealing the spikelets, has been reported from Kashmir (see Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. 110) on the basis of two hearsay accounts of last century (Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:111. 1896; J. L. Stewart, source unknown). As no herbarium specimens are known from our area it is doubtful whether the species can be accepted for the flora.

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