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Tragus roxburghii Panigrahi in Kew Bull. 29:495. 1974.

Vern.: Barchinte.

  • Lappago biflora sensu Roxb.
  • Nazia racemosa auct. non O. Ktze.
  • Tragus biflorus sensu Schult.

    Radiately spreading annual; culms 3-20 cm long, ascending from a prostrate base, rooting from the nodes, often matted. Leaf-blades 0.5-5 cm long, 1-4 mm wide. Inflorescence 1-4 cm long, cylindrical, often loosely so; clusters straight or slightly gaping at the tip, consisting of 2 subequal and subopposite spikelets. Spikelets 2.5-4 mm long; upper glume 5-nerved, the prickles terete in their lower half and hooked at the tip.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: most of the year.

    Type: India, Madras, Thomson (K), labelled “Lappago biflora”..

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan, Punjab, N.W.F.P. & Kashmir); South-east Asia and East Africa.

    This species is commonly known as Tragus biflorus Schult., but for complex technical reasons, resolved by Panigrahi (l.c.) this name is superfluous.

    A sporadic xerophytic species grazed during the rains and said to be nutritious.


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