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Hierochloë R. Br., Prodr. 208. 1810. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:222. 1896; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:166. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Gasses W. Pak. 2:367. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 441. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:336. 1970; Weimarck in Bot. Notiser 124:129-175. 1971; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 346. 1976; Weimarck in Tutin et al., Fl. Fur. 5:228. 1980. nom. Conserve.

Tufted or rhizomatous perennials. Leaf-blades flat. Panicle spreading at flowering, contracted before and after. Spikelets 3-flowered, the lowest florets male with 3 stamens, the uppermost bisexual with 2 stamens; rhachilla disarticulating above the glumes at maturity, not produced; glumes membranous, subequal, 3-nerved, about as long as the florets; lemmas of male florets ovate, hairy on the margins and on the back towards the tip, 5-nerved, sometimes awned; fertile lemma shorter than the others, ovate, 5-nerved, becoming hardened, hairy towards the tip, sometimes shortly awned. Caryopsis ellipsoid, often aborted.

A genus of ± 36 species, mainly in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere; 2 species occur in Pakistan.

1 Hairs at tip of fertile lemma spreading; panicle loose, the branches bare in the lower half   Hierochloë laxa
+ Hairs at tip of fertile lemma appressed; panicle dense, the branches spiculate almost to the base   Hierochloë wendelboi

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