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Published In: Species Plantarum, Editio Secunda 2: 1665. 1763. (Sp. Pl. (ed. 2)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: February or April-June.
Type: Type: “Habitat in Oriente”. P. Forsskal (LINN).
Distribution: Distribution: Europe, Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia; elsewhere as an introduction.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Stewart in his Annotated Catalogue (1972) also cites; Quetta: Harbhajan Singh (DD) and Lahore: J. L. Stewart. As this species is so distinctive these specimens are probably correctly cited. The species is, however, a very rare casual in Pakistan.
Illustration: Phalaris paradoxa L. (Illustration)
Map Location: C-6 Kohat dist.: Hangu, M. A. Siddiqi & Zaffar Ali 3770 (K).


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Tufted annual. Culms 20-100 cm high. Panicle up to 9 cm long and 2 cm wide, dense, oblong, tapering to a narrow base; spikelets falling from the inflorescence in groups of 6 or 7, with 5 or 6 sterile spikelets clustered about a single fertile spikelet. Glumes of fertile spikelets 5.5-8.2 mm long, acuminate to subulate, winged in the upper portion, the wing with a tooth-like projection near the middle; sterile florets of the fertile spikelet obsolete, represented only by knob-like projections at the base of the fertile floret; fertile floret 2.5-3.5 mm long, indurated, light-coloured, shining, glabrous or with a few short hairs near the apex.
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