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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Diplachne

Diplachne fusca (Linn.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 2:615. 1817. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5; 561. 1884; Duthie, Fodder Grasses 59. 1888; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:329. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 246. 1935; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:256. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 492. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9: 434. 1968.

  • Diplachne repatrix (Linn.) Druce
  • Festuca fusca Linn.
  • Festuca repatrix Linn.

    Aquatic or semi-aquatic rhizomatous perennial; culms 60-150 cm high, rooting and branching from the lower nodes. Leaf-blades tough, linear with filiform tips, 25-55 cm long, up to 5 mm wide, inrolled or rarely flat, scabrid, grey-green with a broad white central nerve. Inflorescence 20-35 cm long; racemes 10-30, slender, 7-15 cm long, more or less straight. Spikelets 6-11-flowered; narrowly elliptic to elliptic, 8-15 mm long, slightly overlapping, grey-green or olive-green; glumes keeled, scabrid on the keels, the lower lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, 2.1-4.6 mm long, acute or acuminate, the upper narrowly oblong, 3.3-7.4 mm long, acute or obtuse and minutely mucronate; lemmas narrowly oblong, 3.2-5.9 mm long, pilose on the lower part of the nerves, 2- or more toothed and mucronate or shortly awned from the sinus (the awn 0.3-1.6 mm long). Caryopsis dorso-ventrally flattened.

    Fl. & Fr. Per. March-November.

    Type: “Palestine”, Hasselquist (LINN).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind & Punjab); tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World and Australia.

    Buffaloes are very fond of this grass.


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