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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Vulpia

Vulpia persica (Boiss. & Buhse) Krecz. & Bobrov in Kom., Fl. URSS. 2:535. 1934. Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9:90.1968; Bor in Rech.f. Fl. Iran. 70:91.1970; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 426.1976.

  • Nardurus persicus Boiss. & Buhse

    Annual; culms 6-30cm high, usually erect. Leaf-blades 2-6cm long, 0.5-2 mm wide, rough on the margins. Inflorescence a simple, erect or slightly nodding raceme, rarely sparingly branched, 3-12cm long, usually partly included in the uppermost leaf-sheath; pedicels 0.4-0.6mm long. Spikelets 6-11mm long (excluding the awns), breaking up at maturity below each fertile floret; most florets fertile, the upper 2(-3) gradually reduced and male or sterile. Lower glume 1.5 -4 mm long, from just less than half to three-quarters of the length of the upper; upper glume 3.5-5mm long; fertile lemma 4.5-7mm long, with an awn usually 1-2 times as long, finely 5-nerved, scabrid or pubescent; anthers l(-3), only one of them perfect, included at anthesis.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: April-May.

    Type: Iran, Buhse (LE).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan & N. W. F. P.); Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan; southern USSR.

    Very similar to Vulpia myuros but differing by its less branched inflorescence, much longer lower glume and shorter pedicels. It is a desert grass, rather common in parts of Baluchistan. 1000-1900m.


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