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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Melanocenchris

Melanocenchris jacquemontii Jaub. & Spach, Ill. Pl. Or. 4: 36, t.325. 1851. Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 473. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9: 458. 1968; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70: 448. 1970.

  • Gracilea royleana (Nees ex Steud.) Hook.f.
  • Melanocenchris royleana Nees ex Steud.

    Annual; culms fasciculate, rarely solitary, geniculately ascending, 6-25 cm high. Leaf-blades 1.5-6 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, scaberulous above and on the margins, and with sparse whitish tubercle-based hairs at the base; sheaths with scattered tubercle-based hairs. Heads 5-10(-12) on a rhachis 24 cm long. Glumes, including the awns, up to 8 mm long, rarely longer, usually with white or occasion-ally purple hairs, the lower a little longer than the upper; lowest lemma 3-lobed, the lobes aristate, the central longer and narrower at the base than the laterals, 4-4.5 (-5.5) mm long; palea equalling the lemma or slightly shorter than it.

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

    Type: India, Jacquemont 383 (K,P).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind); Central and southern India.

    A small tufted grass common in stony and barren places. It is said by Duthie to be a good grazing grass when young, though rather too small to be of much account.


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