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Pennisetum glaucum (Linn.) R. Br., Prodr. 1:195. 1810. Stuntz in U.S. Dept. Agric., Bur. Pl. Ind., Inv. 31:84. 1914 (Panicum glaucum Linn., Sp. Pl. 1:56. 1753; Panicum americanum Linn., l.c.; Panicum lutescens Weigel, Obs. Bot. 20. 1772, nom. Superfl., based on Panicum glaucum Linn.; Setaria glauca (Linn.) P. Beauv., Ess. Agrost. 51, 178. 1812; Pennisetum americanum (Linn.) Leeke in Z. Naturw. 79:52. 1907 (K. Schum. published this name in 1895, but rejected it as inappropriate); Setaria lutescens (Weigel) F.T. Hubbard in Rhodora 18:233. 1916) is cultivated as “Pearl” or “Bulrush” millet in the plains and lower hills and is the chief crop in parts of Baluchistan. In the past it has been subdivided into numerous species (of which Pennisetum typhoides (Burm.) Stapf. & Hubbard is one (see Bor, Grasses Burma, Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 350-351. 1960) and Pennisetum spicatum (Linn.) Koern. another), but it seems better to treat all of these as the cultivars of a single species (see Brunken in Amer. J. Bot. 64:161-176. 1977, and Bono in Agron. trop. Nogent 28:229-355. 1973).

Vern.: Bajra.

For a discussion of the complex nomenclatural problems in this species see Terrell in Taxon 25:297-304. 1976.


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