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Danthonia DC. in Lam. & DC., Fl. Franc. 3:32. 1805. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:280. 1896; Bor in Kew Bull. 7:75-81. 1952; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:287. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 478. 1960; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70:356. 1970; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 609. 1976; Tutin in Tutin et al., Fl. Eur. 5: 253. 1980.

Caespitose perennials with narrowly linear, rolled, almost setaceous leaves. Inflorescence an ample or contracted panicle, rarely a raceme. Spikelets 2-5-flowered, the uppermost reduced, usually male; rhachilla disarticulating above the glumes and between the florets, usually produced and bearing a rudimentary floret. Glumes equal or subequal, herbaceous and hyaline on the margins to somewhat firmly chartaceous, 3-9-nerved; lemmas rounded on the back, usually membranous, bibbed, hairy or almost glabrous, 7-9-nerved, awned from the sinus; lobes lanceolate or acuminate with a long or short bristle from the tip; awn flat, glabrous or shortly hairy, strongly twisted below the knee, slightly twisted above; palea 2-toothed, 2-keeled; anthers 3.

A genus of ± 130 species in temperate regions throughout the world; represented in Pakistan by only 2 species.

1 Slender grass; panicles very short, congested; glumes 10-12 mm long; anthers less than 2 mm long; lemma with tufts of hair between the nerves at the base of the lobes   Danthonia cachemyriana
+ Robust grass; panicles long, congested or racemose; glumes (15)18-25 mm long; anthers 3-5.5 mm long; lemma hairy on the margins or glabrous   Danthonia schneideri

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