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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Sporobolus

Sporobolus helvolus (Trin.) Dur. & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5:820. 1895. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:264. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 629. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:457. 1970.

  • Sporobolus glaucifolius (Hochst. ex Steud.) Dur. & Schinz
  • Vilfa glaucifolia Hochst. ex Steud.
  • Vilfa helvola Trin.

    Tufted prennial with long slender stolons; culms wiry, 15-60 cm high, ± 1 mm in diameter at the base. Leaf-blades flat, 2-15 cm long, 2-4 mm wide, glaucous, tapering to a filiform tip. Panicle linear to narrowly lanceolate, 4-12 cm long, 5-20 mm wide, usually distinctly branched with the primary branches 0.5-2 cm long and bearing dense clusters of spikelets from the base, sometimes contracted and subspiciform. Spikelets 1.4-2 mm long, greenish brown; glumes narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, as long as the spikelet or the lower a little shorter, smooth or scaberulous, acuminate; lemma narrowly ovate, as long as the glumes, acute; anthers 3, 0.6-0.8 mm long. Grain ellipsoid, 0.5 mm long.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: March-May and October.

    Syntypes: Arabia, Ehrenberg (LE); Senegal, Leprieur (LE), Lelievre (LE).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Punjab & N.W.F.P.); tropical Africa, Arabia and India.

    A desert grass making good fodder for camels.


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