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Perotis Ait., Hort. Kew. 1: 85. 1789. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7. 98. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay crasses 219. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5: 106. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:364. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 611. 1960.

Annuals or sometimes perennials. Leaf-blades flat, broadest at the base and subamplexicaul; ligule a short membranous rim. Inflorescence a delicate “bottle-brush” spike, the spikelets subsessile on the main axis. Spikelets single, all alike, linear-lanceolate, with or without a stipitate basal callus; glumes subequal, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, membranous, 1-nerved, each tipped by a long slender awn (that of the lower glume usually the longer) tinged with violet; lemma usually a third to half as long as the spikelet, lanceolate, hyaline, 1-nerved; stamens 3. Caryopsis linear-lanceolate, almost as long as the glumes at maturity.

A genus of 10 weedy species occurring in the Old World tropics; 1 species occurs in Pakistan.

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