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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Cenchrus

Cenchrus setigerus Vahl, Enum. Pl. 2:395. 1806. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:60. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 290. 1960; Ramaswamy, Raman & Menon in J. Indian bot. Soc. 48: 102. 1969; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70: 506. 1970.

Vern.: Anjan, Dhaman.

  • Cenchrus biflorus* of Hook. f.
  • Cenchrus bulbifer Hochst. ex Boiss.
  • Cenchrus montanus Nees ex Royle
  • Cenchrus uniflorus Ehr. ex Boiss.
  • Pennisetum vahlii Kunth

    Perennial, forming clumps from a ± bulbous base; culms 5-80 cm high, geniculately ascending. Leaf-blades 2-20 cm long, 2-7 mm wide. Panicle 2-12 cm long; involucres cup-shaped, 3-7 mm long; inner spines short, flattened, connate for a quarter to half their length to form a cup, glabrous or obscurely puberulous and grooved on the face, occasionally sparsely ciliate on the margins, green to dark purple, antrorsely scaberulous, narrowly triangular at the tip; outer spines few, short, often suppressed, rarely almost as long as the inner. Spikelets 1-3 per burr, 3-5 mm long.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: August-January and again in April.

    Type: Arabia, Forsskal (C).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Punjab & N.W.F.P); tropical East Africa, through Arabia to India; introduced in several tropical countries.

    This species is very common throughout the plains and the lower hills and is considered a very fine fodder grass.


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