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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Stipa

Stipa splendens Trin. in Spreng., Neue Entdeck. 2:54. 1821. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:232. 1896; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:359. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 647. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:383.1970.

  • Achnatherum splendens (Trin.) Nevski
  • Lasiagrostis splendens (Trin.) Kunth
  • Stipa splendens var. gracilis Bor

    Tufted robust perennial 50-250 cm high, with fibrous remains of old leaf-sheaths at the base. Leaf-blades flat or more usually involute, 4-10 mm wide when flattened, glabrous; ligule (13-)2.5-10 mm long. Panicle narrow, ± dense but sometimes loose, 15-50 cm long, the branches usually bare in the lower half. Glumes unequal, elliptic, acute, the lower (3.2-)4-4.5(-6) mm long, 1-nerved, the upper (4.5-)5-6(-8) mm long, 3-nerved; lemma narrowly elliptic, 4.8-5.7 mm long (including callus), loosely hairy, conspicuously 2-toothed at the tip, the teeth 0.5-1.3 mm long; callus conical, blunt, 0.3 mm long. Awn straight or ± geniculate, indistinctly articulated at the base, faintly spirally twisted below, 6-12 mm long, scabrid throughout.

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

    Type: USSR, Siberia (LE).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan, N.W.F.P., Gilgit & Kashmir); USSR south to Iran and the Himalayas.

    2600-3800 m.


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