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Sporobolus coromandelianus (Retz.) Kunth, Rev. Gram. 1: 68. 1829. Duthie, Fodder Grasses 48. 18888; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind.7: 252. 1896; Blatter & Mc-Cann, Bombay Grasses 228. 1935; Bor, Fl. Assam 5: 120. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Paki. 2: 266. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 627. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70: 457. 1970.

  • Agrostis coromandeliana Retz.
  • Vilfa coromandeliana (Retz.) P. Beauv.

    Tufted annual; culms 7-20 cm high, erect or ascending. Leaf-blades broadly linear, 2-10 cm long, 2-4 mm wide, the margin scabrid or with a few long stiff hairs near the base. Panicle ovate, 2-8 cm long; primary branches in whorls, spreading horizontally soon after emergence from the uppermost leaf-sheath. Spikelets 1-1.4 mm long, glabrous or scaberulous, greyish green; lower glume a minute oblong scale, 0.1-0.5 mm long; upper glume oblong-elliptic, as long as the spikelet; lemma similar, but a little shorter; anthers 3,0.2-03 mm long. Grain obovoid, 0.7-0.8 mm long.

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

    Type: India, Koenig (LD).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind & Punjab); Old World tropics but mainly in Pakistan, India and South Africa.

    A sporadic wayside weed.

    Sporobolus piliferus (Trin.) Kunth, Enum, Pl. 1(1): 211. 1833 is similar to Sporobolus coromandelianus but has a contracted subverticillate panicle and lower glume up to two-thirds as long as the spikelet. It is common throughout the tropics and occurs over much of India. It has not yet been recorded from Pakistan but is likely to occur.


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