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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Boissiera

Boissiera squarrosa (Banks & Soland.) Nevski in Acta Univ. Asiae mediae, ser. 8b, Bot. 17:30. 1934. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:160. 1959, Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 451. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9:128. 1968; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:105. 1970; Tzvelev. Poaceae URSS 234. 1976.

  • Boissiera bromoides Hochst ex Steud.
  • Boissiera bromoides var. glabriflora Boiss.
  • Boissiera pumilio (Trin.) Hack.
  • Pappophorum pumilio Trin.
  • Pappophorum sinaicum Trin.
  • Pappophorum squarrosum Banks & Soland.

    Annual; culms tufted or solitary, 2-20(-40) cm high. Leaf-blades up to 10, rarely to 18cm long, 3-6 mm wide, flat or subinvolute. Panicle 3.5-6(-9) cm long, 2-3.5(-5) cm wide including the awns. Spikelets narrowly oblong, 20-40 (-60) mm long including the awns; glumes hyaline, glabrous, the lower narrowly lanceolate, 6-7 mm long, 1-3-nerved, the upper lanceolate, 6.5-8 mm long, 5-7-nerved; lemmas oblong, acute, coriaceous with hyaline tip, 10.5-12(-13) mm long, hairy or glabrous; awns up to 20 mm long, those on the upper lemmas lodger than those on the lower, often purple-tinged; palea as long as the lemma but narrower; anthers 0.5 mm long.

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

    Type: Syria, Russell (BM).

    Distribution; Pakistan (Baluchistan); westwards to the Mediterranean region; Central Asia.

    A common desert grass enjoyed by sheep, goats, mules and camels.


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