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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Sporobolus

Sporobolus diander (Retz.) P. Beauv., Ess. Agrost. 26, 147, 178. 1812. (as Sporobolus diandrus); Duthie, Fodder Grasses 48. 1888; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7: 247. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 221. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:117. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:260. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 629. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:457. 1970.

Vern.: Nonak.

  • Agrostis diandra Retz.
  • Vilfa retzii Steud.

    Tufted perennial without rhizomes; culms 15-75 cm high, erect or geniculately ascending. Leaf-blades nearly always involute, up to 30 cm long, occasionally flat and then up to 4 mm wide. Panicle pyramidal or narrowly lanceolate, loose, up to 20 cm long, the primary branches erect or somewhat spreading, 1.5-5 cm long, bare at the base. Spikelets 1.2-1.6 mm long; glumes lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, shorter than the spikelet, obtuse, the lower 03-0.5 mm long, the upper 0.6-0.9 mm long; lemma narrowly ovate, as long as the spikelet, acute; anthers 2, sometimes 3, 0.3-0.4 mm long. Grain oblong or elliptic-oblong, 0.6-0.8 mm long, truncate at the tip.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: August-October.

    Type: India, Koenig (LD).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab & N.W. F. P.); India to Burma, Sri Lanka and Australia.

    This species is common in the plains. Duthie reports that it is eaten by horses and cattle at Lahore.


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