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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Phalaris

Phalaris canariensis Linn., Sp. Pl. 1:54. 1753. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5:471. 1884; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 616. 1960; Tzveiev, Poaceae URSS 359. 1976; Tutin in Tutin et al., Fl. Fur. 5:244. 1980.

  • Phalaris avicularis Salisb.

    Annual. Culms 30-100 cm high. Panicle 1.5-4 cm long, 1.5-2 cm wide, ovate to oblong-ovate. Glumes 7-10 mm long, acute, pale green with darker green longitudinal stripes, broadly winged; sterile florets 2, broad and somewhat chaffy. 2.5-4.5 mm long, sparsely pubescent; fertile floret acute, 4.8-6.8 mm long. densely appressed-pubescent.

    Types: Southern Europe and Canaries (LINN).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan; introduced); a native of the Mediterranean region; widely introduced elsewhere.

    Canary Grass is used in mixtures of seed for cage-birds and therefore often occurs as a casual and may even establish itself. There are no modern records for Pakistan, but no doubt the plant is still to be found.


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