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Published In: Contributions to the Botany of India 120. 1834. (Contr. Bot. India) 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. Per.: July-August.
Type: Type: "Mourn, E. Ind.", Royle 138 (K!)
Habitat: Boggy mountain meadows at 3000-5000 m.
Distribution: Distribution: Central Asia, from Zailiiskij Alatau Mts. to Hindukush and Pamir, eastwards to Nepal and China.
Map Location: B-7 Kashmir: Kishenganga Valley to Nanga Parbat, Godsar, 11000-12000 ft, Stewart 18311 (RAW); B-8 Astor, Chillam, Stewart 22015; Burzil Chowki, 11000 ft, Stewart 19775 p.p. (RAW); Deosai, Burzil, Winterbottom 635 (K); Stewart 22054a; B-9 Yambar Pass, Stewart 12443 (K); Rupshu, Hanle, Koelz 2313 (K).


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Loosely tufted perennial, c. 20 cm. Rhizome horizontal, covered with soon disintegrating scales. Stem terete or obtusely angular, deeply grooved, smooth. Leaves c. 1/2 of stem length; sheaths 15-35 mm, silver-grey, glossy, margin of scarious side straight; ligule c. 0.2 mm, arch almost straight; blades few, c. 1 mm diam., succulent, smooth, adaxial side merely groove. Inflorescence a single, inconspicuous, androgynous spike. Bract erect, caducous, amplexicaul, canaliculate, equalling spike length. Male glumes c. 7.4 x 1 mm, amplexicaul, carinate, acute, margin scarious at apex, light brown. Female glumes c. 7 x 1.6 mm, caducous, lanceolate, obtuse, margins widely scarious, light brown. Utricles 8.2-8.5 x 1-1.4 mm, fusiform, almost terete, soon reflexed, yellowish to dark brown, with many conspicuous, dark nerves, beak c. 3 mm, cylindrical, smooth, dark brown, ostiole oblique, with wide scarious margin; rachilla within utricle, extending to beak, but not protruding. Stigmas 3. Nut 3.4 x 1.2 mm, narrowly ellipsoid, yellow brown, finely reticulate.
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