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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Muhlenbergia

Muhlenbergia himalayensis Hack. ex Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:259. 1896. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:297. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 401. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:310. 1970.

Loosely tufted perennial; culms knotty at the base, 35-80 cm high, erect, geniculately ascending or procumbent in the lower part and rooting from the nodes. Leaf-blades 5-25 cm long, 1.5-3 mm wide, scaberulous; ligule c.l mm long, obtuse. Panicle 10-25 cm long, nodding, loose, the spikelets not or only slightly clustered on the long flexuous primary branches. Spikelets 34 mm long; glumes subequal, 25-3.4 mm long, lanceolate-elliptic, acute, three-quarters to four-fifths as long as the spikelet; lemma as long as the spikelet, thinly hairy in the lower part, minute┬Čly notched at the tip and bearing a fine awn 8-18 mm long.

Type: India, Duthie 10128 (K).

Distribution: Kashmir; Afghanistan; Himalayas.

Similar in habit to Muhlenbergia duthieana but has relatively shorter glumes, a slightly longer spikelet and a looser, more open panicle. It differs form Muhlenbergia huegelii by its less robust habit, narrower leaves and surface-creeping stolons.


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