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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Enneapogon

Enneapogon brachystachyus (Jaub. & Spach) Stapf in Thiselt.-Dyer, Fl. Cap. 7:654. 1900. Tackholm & Drar, Fl. Egypt 1:220. 1941; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:160. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 608. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70: 415. 1970.

  • Pappophorum arabicum Hochst. ex Steud.
  • Pappophorum brachystachyum Jaub. & Spach

    Tufted perennial with slender, sometimes geniculate culms 5-40 cm high, the base of ten clad in a tuft of old fibres. Leaf-blades filiform, usually involute and finely tapering, very rarely flat and then up to 3 mm wide, up to 12 cm long, usually much less. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle either elongate and up to 7 cm long or ovate and up to 2 cm long. Spikelets 3-flowered; glumes sparsely hairy on the outer surface, the lower 2.3-5 mm long, 3-7-nerved, the upper 2.8-5.5 mm long, 3-5-nerved; fertile lemma, including awns, 4-7 mm long; uppermost lemma 0.5-2 mm long; anthers 0.3-0.5 mm long.

    Type: Arabia, Botta (P).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan & Punjab); North Africa through Arabia to India and China; tropical and South Africa.

    Enneapogon brachystachyus is a widespread species allied to Enneapogon cenchroides but, apart from the anther length, it is usually fairly easy to recognise by its shorter stature and filiform leaf-blades


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