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Poa falconeri Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:342. 1896. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:190.1896; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 556.1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:37.1970.

Loosely tufted perennial; culms 25-75cm high, ascending from a procumbent base and often rooting from the lower nodes, clothed below by the leathery remains of old leaf-sheaths. Leaf-blades flat, 6-20cm long, 2 4nnn wide, flaccid, gradually tapering to a rather stout tip, scabrid on the margins and both surfaces; ligule pointed or blunt, 2.5-4mm long. Panicle narrow, 8-15cm long, lax; branches few, 1-2(-3) at the lower nodes, erect, flexuous, smooth. Spikelets 2-3-flowered, oblong-elliptic when young, the florets widely diverging at maturity, 7-8mm long; glumes unequal, oblong-ovate, the lower 3.5-4mm long, 1(-3)-nerved, the upper broader, 4.5-5mm long, 3-nerved; lemmas oblong or elliptic-oblong in side-view, 4-5mm long, acute, shortly ciliate on the keel and marginal nerves and with short rather coarse hairs on the surface between the nerves below, without any wool at the base; palea shorter than the lemma, coarsely scabrid along the keels; anthers c. 3mm long.

Syntypes: Himalayas, Falconer (K); Northwest India, Duthie 288(K).

Distribution: Kashmir; western Himalayas.

Bor (1970) also cities R. R. Stewart & A. Rahman Reg 24996 from Swat.


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