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Festuca levingei Stapf in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:352. 1896. Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 538. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:81.1970.

Loosely tufted perennial; culms up to 45cm high, ascending from a spreading base, slender. Leaf-blades folded-setaceous, up to 10cm long, smooth on the lower (outer) surface, with 7 narrow strands of sclerenchyma, 1 on the keel, 1 along each margin and 1 below each of the lateral nerves; ligule a narrow rim c. 0.5mm long. Panicle narrowly oblong, 5-7cm long, contracted, the branches short, erect, scaberulous. Spikelets 4-6-flowered, 5-7.5mm long; lower glume 2-2.5mm long, 1-nerved; upper glume 2.6-3.3mm long, 3-nerved; lemmas narrowly oblong-elliptic in side-view, 3.5-4mm long, scabrid towards the tip, awnless; palea coarse┬Čly scabrid along the keels; anthers 0.8-lmm long.

Type: Kashmir, Levinge 27394(K).

Distribution: Kashmir, endemic.

Known only from the type which is without precise locality. It is distinctive among the local setaceous-leave fescues in having hairless and quite awnless lemmas. lemmas.


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