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Oropetium thomaeum (Linn.f.) Trin., Fund. Agrost. 98. 1820. Duthie, Fodder Grasses 69. 1888; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:366. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 247. 1935; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2: 267. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 474. 1960.

  • Nardus thomaea Linn.f.
  • Rottboellia thomaea (Linn. f.) Willd.

    Very small tufted perennial with culms rarely exceeding 6 cm in height. Leaf-blades rolled, 1.5-3 cm long, up to 0.8 mm wide when flattened. Spikes straight or curved, 14 cm long, up to 1 mm wide; rhachis tough, always very wavy and somewhat spongy. Spikelets always in opposite ranks and deeply embedded; lower glume 0.4 mm long, truncate to acute; upper glume (l.8)2-2.5 mm long, 3-nerved, acute, the tip often divergent at maturity; lemma obovate, 0.7-1 mm long, 1(-3)-nerved, obscurely mucronulate. Caryopsis obovate, 0.5-0.8 mm long.

    Type: India, Koenig (LINN).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab); tropical Africa; India to Burma and Sri Lanka; Punjab: Sangur, N. Vicary s.n. (K).

    Xerophytic; a very short-lived monsoon plant. Not common. It has been reported from Lahore, Ravi bank by Sultan Ahmad.


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