All Floras      Advanced Search
Page 98 Login | eFloras Home | Help
Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Eragrostis

Eragrostis tremula Hochst. ex Steud., Syn. Pl. Glum. 1:269. 1854. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5:581. 1884; Duthie, Fodder Grasses 65. 1888; Hook. f., Fl. But. Ind. 7:320. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 239. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5:100. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:233. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 514. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70: 430. 1970.

  • Eragrostis lamarckii Steud.
  • Eragrostis multiflora (Roxb.) Trin.
  • Poa multiflora Roxb.
  • Poa tremula Lam.

    Loosely tufted annual; culms 30-100 cm high, erect or ascending. Leaf-blades flat, up to 20 cm long and 5 mm wide. Panicle ovate, 7-30 cm long, very loose and open, the spikelets trembling on long fine pedicels, sometimes bearded in the axils. Spikelets 10-60-flowered, linear, 5-25 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, the lemmas closely imbricate and covering the rhachilla, purplish, breaking up from the base, the rhachilla persistent; glumes unequal, subacute, the lower narrowly ovate and 0.8-1.2 mm long, the upper ovate and 1.2-1.5 mm long; lemmas broadly ovate, 1.5-1.7 mm long, obtuse (ovate and subacute in side-view); palea scabrid on the keels, persistent; anthers 2, 0.3-0.5 mm long. Caryopsis subglobose to broadly ovoid, 0.4-0.6 mm long.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: March-November.

    Type: Sudan, Kotschy 6 (K).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind & Punjab); throughout tropical Africa and in India and Afghanistan.

    A useful fodder grass but with too little foliage to be of much importance. Its grain has been used in time of famine.


  •  |  eFlora Home |  People Search  |  Help  |  ActKey  |  Hu Cards  |  Glossary  |