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Heteropogon Pers., Syn. Pl. 2:533. 1807. Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 106. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:401. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:122. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 162. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9:528. 1968; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70:548. 1970; Clayton in Tutin et al., Fl. Eur. 5:266. 1980.

Annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades linear; ligule very short, membranous, ciliate on the upper edge. Inflorescence a single raceme, these arising terminally and in the axils, sometimes loosely aggregated into a false panicle; racemes with homogamous spikelets for the lower quarter to two-thirds of their length; inter-nodes linear. Sessile spikelets terete; callus pungent; lower glume coriaceous, convex, sometimes longitudinally grooved, obtuse; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma stipitiform, passing directly into a hairy awn; palea absent; caryopsis lanceolate, channelled on one side. Pedicelled spikelet male or barren, lanceolate, larger than the sessile, awnless, with a long slender callus functioning as a pedicel (the true pedicel reduced to a small stump).

A genus of 7 species in tropical and warm temperate regions; 1 species occurs in Pakistan.

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