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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Paspalidium

Paspalidium flavidum (Retz.) A. Camus in Lecomte, Fl. Gen. Indo-Chine. 7:419. 1922. Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 141. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:258. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:40. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 333. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:475. 1970.

Vern.: Kangna.

  • Panicum brizoides Jacq.
  • Panicum flavidum Retz.

    Tufted perennial; culms 10-120 cm high, erect or ascending from a prostrate base. Leaf-blades 8-30 cm long, 4-13 mm wide, flat or folded, blunt at the tip and sometimes hooded. Inflorescence 8-30 cm long; racemes 1-2.5(3) cm long, distant by 2-4 times their own length, their rhachis very narrowly winged from a triquetrous midrib, 0.5-0.8 mm wide, glabrous or minutely ciliate. Spikelets ovate, gibbously globose, 2-3 mm long; lower glume truncate or ± orbicular, a third to half as long as the spikelet; upper glume half to three-quarters as long as the spikelet; lower floret with a palea, its lemma as long as the spikelet the nerves not raised; upper lemma granulose.

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

    Type: Ceylon, Koenig..

    Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab, N.W.F.P. & Kashmir); tropical Asia.

    Panicum flavidum is eaten by horses and cattle and it produces a large quantity of grain that has been eaten by man in times of want. It is a shade-loving species found in forest undergrowth, roadside ditches and damp hollows, below 1000 m.


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