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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Thelepogon

Thelepogon elegans Roth ex Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 2:788. 1817. Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:148. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 27. 1935; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:131. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 247. 1960.

  • Andropogon princeps A. Rich.
  • Jardinea abyssinica Steud.
  • Rhytachne princeps (A. Rich.) Dur. & Schinz

    Coarse annual; culms 10-150 cm high, erect, supported by prop roots. Leaf-blades lanceolate, 4-20 cm long, 5-30 mm wide, cordate and often amplexicaul, glabrous or hispidulous, the margins finely pectinate-ciliate. Inflorescence composed of 2-17 racemes, the lower verticillate, the upper borne on a short common axis 1-5 cm long; racemes 4-15 cm long, very fragile. Sessile spikelet 5-13 mm long; lower glume narrowly ovate, prominently rugose; upper glume rugose across the back; upper lemma with an awn 1.5-2.5 cm long. Pedicel glabrous, a little longer than the sessile spikelet.

    Type: India, Heyne (B).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab, adventive); tropical Africa extending to India, Burma and Indonesia.

    Thelepogon elegans has been recorded only once from Pakistan, as an adventive in a cotton field near Sangla Hill. Whether or not it has become an established alien in this area has yet to be determined.


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