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Coix lacryma-jobi Linn., Sp. Pl. 2 972. 1753. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:100. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 3. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:453.. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:149. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 264. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9:557. 1968; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70: 552. 1970; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 614. 1976; Tutin in Tutin et al., Fl. Eur. 5:267. 1980.

Vern.: Sanklu.

  • Coix arundinacea Lam.
  • Coix lachryma Linn.

    Coarse annual; culms 1-3 m high. Leaf-blades linear-lanceolate, 10-45 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, cordate at the base. Cupule 5-15 mm long, typically glabose-ovoid, bony, shining, white or bluish. Male raceme 3-5 cm long, the spikelets 7-8 mm long.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: August-October.

    Type: Indies (LINN).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Punjab, N.W.F.P. & Kashmir); native in tropical Asia but now distributed throughout the tropics.

    Job’s Tears is an uncommon grass in Pakistan, but in parts of India it is grown either for its grain, from which a porridge can be made, or for its cupules which can be made into beads. The leaves and stems provide a useful fodder. Many races of Job’s Tears are known, including soft-shelled forms used for their grain and a variety of hard-shelled forms with cupules of assorted shapes and colours.


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