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Miscanthus Anderss. in Ofvers. K. VetenskAkad. Forh. Stockh. 12(3): 165. 1855. Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:107. 1896; Bor, H. Assam 5: 310. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1: 70. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 195. 1960; Lee in Bot. Mag., Tokyo 77: 122. 1964; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 692. 1976.

Tall tufted or rhizomatous perennials with erect culms. Leaf-blades linear, flat, sometimes falsely petiolate or the whole blade terete; ligule scarious, ciliate. Inflorescence large, plumose, the central axis elongated and bearing crowded racemes on the primary branches, or very short with the racemes almost digitate; raceme rhachis not fracturing at maturity, bearing paired similar spikelets each supported on a pedicel. Spikelets narrowly oblong to lanceolate, surrounded by an involucre of hairs from the callus; callus very short, truncate; glumes equal, as long as the spikelet, thinly coriaceous, the lower ± flattened on the back; lower floret reduced to a narrowly oblong, hyaline lemma; upper floret bisexual; lemma lanceolate, hyaline, entire or finely bidentate, with or without a straight or geniculate awn; palea small; stamens 2-3. Caryopsis oblong to lanceolate.

A genus of about 20 species in the tropics of the Old World; 1 species occurs in Pakistan.

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