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Published In: The Flora of the Presidency of Bombay 2: 941. 1908. (Fl. Bombay) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: October-February.
Type: Type: Ethiopia, Schimper in Buchinger 1497(P).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Sind & Baluchistan); tropical East Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Arabia and northern India.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A plant of dry open places but said not to be particularly good for fodder.
Illustration: Digitaria pennata (Hochst.) T. Cooke (Illustration)
Map Location: F-4 Karachi dist.: 1 mile from Hab Chauki on way to Sonmiani, S.A. Faruqi & Sultanul Abedin 1188 (KUH); G-4 Karachi dist.: Jemidar Ka Landa, J.E. Stocks 1183 (K); beyond Hub River, R.R. Stewart 29118 (RAW); Dadu dist.: Thano Bula Khan, J.J. Norris 21 (RAW); G-6 Tharparkar dist.: Nagar Parkar Hills, M. Qaiser & A. Ghafoor 4064 (K, KUH).


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Tufted perennial; culms 15-100 cm high, wiry, woody, almost suffrutescent, bulbous and clad in silky pubescent scales at the base. Leaf-blades narrowly lanceolate, 2-8 cm long, 2-4 mm wide. Inflorescence composed of 4-14 long stiff radiating racemes in 1-2 whorls, the whole inflorescence breaking off at maturity; racemes 7-25 cm long with slender sub-triquetrous rhachis, the lower half bare of spikelets and plumose, the upper half bearing distant pairs of appressed spikelets. Spikelets lanceolate, 2.5-3 mm long; lower glume a minute hyaline truncate scale; upper glume as long as the spikelet, 3-nerved, pubescent between the nerves; lower lemma as long as the spikelet, coarsely ribbed with 7 evenly spaced nerves, finely pubescent between the nerves (pubescence usually appressed and obscure, sometimes conspicuously fluffy, rarely glabrous); fruit narrowly ellipsoid, chestnut brown.
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